Carpal Tunnel Release

Procedure allows the tunnel to open up and decompresses the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel release surgery may be done as an open procedure or endoscopically. The endoscopic carpal tunnel release involves making a small 1.5cm incision in the palm or the distal wrist crease and introducing a small endoscopic camera under the transverse carpal ligament. The transverse carpal ligament (the roof of the tunnel) is cut across its entire length. An open carpal tunnel release is done through a slightly larger incision. In this case, the transverse carpal ligament is cut through direct visualization. Either way, this allows the tunnel to open up and decompresses the median nerve. It is important to note that cutting this ligament will not cause any loss of strength or function. Full recovery after surgery takes about a month. Your wrist and hand will be bandaged after surgery. After 2-3 days you will remove the bandage and cover the incision with a Nexcare bandage. Two weeks after surgery you will be seen in the office and have your sutures removed. At this point you can return to normal activities as tolerated. Generally, formal physical therapy usually is not part of your recovery.

Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal Tunnel Release

Endoscopic picture of transverse carpal ligament

DRUJ Instability/Arthritis, Ulnocarpal Impaction, DIP Pinning for Mallet Finger


The orthopedic surgeons here are also specially trained in the field of hand and wrist surgery and treat all conditions, from very straightforward to the most complex. Furthermore, we believe that even the simplest problems of the hand and wrist deserve evaluation from a hand specialist who has an expertise in understanding of the intricate anatomy of the hand.

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Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.

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