Patients who have persistent loss of feeling in their fingers and hand, poor coordination, restricted strength, or overall discomfort caused by nerve damage in the hand may be diagnosed with a condition known as carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel often occurs due to overuse of the fingers and hands, and is often associated with patients who spend their days typing on a computer or working an assembly line. The condition can cause patients to require surgical intervention to alleviate them of the pain and side effects of carpal tunnel.
Why might a patient undergo carpal tunnel surgery?
While some cases of carpal tunnel are minor, others are severe enough to cause daily issues to the patient. It may make it difficult for a patient to do their job or even regain strength in their hands. Hand function is often limited, which is the point when many patients consider the benefits of undergoing surgery.
How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?
Carpal tunnel surgery is often referred to as “release surgery.” During the procedure, the doctor will make an incision as the base of the palm. The transverse carpal ligament is cut and then the area is stitched. This allows the patient to release the tension that causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel.
What to expect during recovery
Patients who undergo this procedure will find that it is a relatively simple and fast procedure that is typically done with topical anesthetics and not under general anesthesia. This allows patients to go home the same day for recovery. Pain and numbness will often cease after surgery, while for others, it may take some time to subside. During this period of healing, patients are given prescription medications to ensure they are comfortable. Patients often ask when they can return to work, but this answer will vary greatly depending on the severity of their condition, how quickly they heal, and what their job entails.
Discuss carpal tunnel surgery with our team today!
At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, patients in New York can seek treatment with our professionals to help alleviate themselves of the problems associated with this condition. Call our primary line at (631) 689-6698 today to request an appointment, and visit us at one of our conveniently located practices in the areas of Setauket, Southampton, Patchogue, Riverhead, Commack, Wading River, and West Babylon, New York.