Alleviate Carpal Tunnel Symptoms with Hand Surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition experienced by a growing number of people since the computer increased in popularity. The condition causes numbness, pain and weakness in the wrist and hands. It develops due to too much pressure on the median nerve, which governs sensation in the index and middle fingers, the thumb and the ring finger. Fortunately, this pressure can be relieved with hand surgery.
What is a Carpal Tunnel?
The wrist has a narrow tunnel called the carpal tunnel, which is formed by carpal bones that make a semi-circle. A tough tissue known as a ligament is at the top of this tunnel. Tendons and the median nerve pass through this narrow channel. When something causes a narrowing of the carpal tunnel, the tendons passing through it become inflamed and swell.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome develop slowly and may develop at any time. Some common early symptoms of the condition are nighttime numbness, pain in the fingers and tingling. Since many people curl their wrists when they sleep, nighttime symptoms are not uncommon, keeping them from sleeping at times.
Typical daytime carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include decreased feeling in the fingertips and tingling. Sufferers also commonly have problems handling small objects, holding a book when reading, holding a steering wheel and using a computer keyboard.
Hand surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is advised when the condition is unresponsive or when it is severe. The purpose of the hand surgery is to widen the tunnel so that pressure on the nerves and tendons passing through it is relieved.
This type of surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and normally takes place under local anesthesia. After the surgery, patients often experience relief of their symptoms right away.
Open Carpal Tunnel Surgery
This common type of carpal tunnel syndrome surgery involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to release median nerve pressure and the symptoms of the condition. Your hand will most likely be wrapped after the procedure. Many people get complete symptom relief right away, while others may take several months.
Learn More About Hand Surgery
Carpal tunnel release surgery at Princeton Plastic Surgeons has helped many patients alleviate their painful carpal tunnel symptoms. During a consultation with our experts at our office in Princeton, NJ, you can learn more about how this procedure can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.