Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common hand problem resulting from pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Symptoms, which are often worse at night, consist of numbness and/or pain in the wrist and fingers. Eventually there is loss of strength, fine motor control and sensation.

Early treatment consists of splinting and anti-inflammatory medication. If symptoms do not improve, a day surgery procedure to relieve the pressure on the nerve is suggested. Dr South uses a small incision technique which has fewer risks than the endoscopic (keyhole) techniques.

Following surgery, early gentle use is encouraged. The hand is kept dry for the first 3 days. On day 4 after surgery, the hand can be wet in the shower and a small dressing can then be applied. Sutures are removed at 7 to 10 days. People commonly have both hands released at the same time and cope well with self care.