What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
This is a common condition caused by the compression of a nerve to the hand at the level of the wrist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms often start gradually; often starting by waking the sufferer up at night with a numb hand or numb fingers, pins and needles or pain. It usually affects the middle finger, index finger and thumb. In the early stages, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can come and go, but often progresses over time.
If left untreated, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause permanent numbness and thumb weakness. However, if surgery is performed, worsening nerve damage is often prevented and nighttime symptoms can be quickly reversed.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Prices
|Consultation with Consultant||£175|
|Surgical Removal||from £1500|
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Who carries out this procedure
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve, which controls feeling and movement in the hands.
The ‘Carpal Tunnel’ is a narrow passage in your wrist, which is made up of small bones and a tough band of tissue which pull the tendons that bend the fingers.
It isn’t fully understood why the median nerve becomes compressed in this way. However, some things do increase the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- a family history of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- fluid retention from pregnancy or the menopause
- wrist injury
- other health conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems or high blood pressure
- repetitive strain injury of the hand
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more common in women and becomes more likely as you age.
What happens during the surgery?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated using splints in the early phase or by steroid injection or surgery. Surgery is performed at Skin Surgery Clinic under local anaesthetic through an incision near the middle of the inside of the wrist.
A Nurse will check your dressings one and two weeks after the surgery. Sutures are removed at two weeks after surgery, when the wound is healed. It normally takes 2-3 months before full function returns and reasons for this will be explained during your consultation.
Are there any complications of Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
There is a small chance of recurrence of the condition which often happens many years after surgery.
Hand therapy might be needed to optimise the results of surgery.
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