Carpal Tunnel Release
About Carpal Tunnel Release
In most cases, carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally invasive procedure done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During surgery, a small incision is made in the palm and a camera, called an endoscope, is inserted to enable the surgeon to view the inside of the hand. The roof of the carpal tunnel is then divided, which increases the size of the tunnel and decreases pressure on the nerve. Once the skin is closed, the ligament begins to heal and grow across the division. The new growth heals the ligament, and allows more space for the nerve and flexor tendons.
Most patients’ symptoms improve after surgery, but recovery may be gradual. On average, grip and pinch strength return by about two months after surgery. Complete recovery may take up to a year.