Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common nerve disorder that affects up to 10 million Americans, causing varying degrees of pain and disabilities. At Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center in Shenandoah, Texas & Conroe, Texas, Cyril Sebastian, MD, and Derek G. Kroll, DO, offer carpal tunnel release operations to open your carpal tunnel and relieve your symptoms. If you have severe carpal tunnel syndrome and need surgical intervention, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center today or schedule a consultation online.
Your carpal tunnel is a narrow opening in your wrist that surrounds your median nerve as it enters your hand and extends into your thumb and first three fingers. The tunnel itself consists of bone on three sides and a thick band of ligament on the fourth. As a result, there’s little flexibility or additional space.
When inflammation in your wrist reduces the space available in your carpal tunnel, it compresses the median nerve, causing tingling, electrical sensations, and numbness in your hand. Your symptoms can progress with time and extend up your arm as well as into your hand.
When physical therapy and other non-invasive treatments don’t reduce your nerve compression and symptoms, you might need carpal tunnel release. It’s a procedure to cut the transverse ligament and release the pressure on your nerve.
The doctors at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center offer both traditional and minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release. During both procedures, your doctor provides a local anesthetic and a sedative.
Your surgeon either makes an incision in the palm of your hand and wrist or a small cut in your wrist. They either access your carpal tunnel directly or insert an endoscope and a thin surgical instrument into your wrist to perform the procedure through a smaller incision.
When you wake up, your hand, wrist, and forearm are bandaged. Your doctor provides aftercare instructions, and you schedule physical therapy to rebuild strength, flexibility, and stamina in your hand, wrist, and arm.
The team at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center performs carpal tunnel release when other treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome aren’t effective.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically progressive, which means that your symptoms become more severe over time. The doctors might recommend carpal tunnel release to prevent your symptoms from worsening or when your symptoms are so severe that you lose hand function.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and need surgery, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center or make an appointment online to learn about your treatment options.