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Carpal tunnel release surgery is the most successful solution for carpal tunnel syndrome. The surgery has proven effective in eliminating all symptoms of the condition and avoiding any damage to the median nerve. When the symptoms are mild, simple measures and precautions like wearing a splint and avoiding activities that involve extreme movements of the wrist can provide some relief. But if the pressure on the median nerve sustains, it can worsen symptoms and lead to severe nerve damage.
At Max Health, we use advanced and modern technology to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Our clinics and partnered hospital have modern infrastructure and are also equipped with modern medical technologies to make the treatment safe and effective. All the major facilities are also provided to each patient to make their carpal tunnel syndrome treatment as seamless as possible. Our orthopedic surgeons perform advanced surgery, i.e, endoscopic carpal release surgery. It is a minimally invasive technique and the most effective treatment performed on an outpatient basis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition. As it involves compression of one of the hand’s major nerves, the condition has a huge impact on the functioning of the hand itself. Therefore, treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is quite necessary. Contact us today and book your consultation with our orthopedic surgeon for an expert solution for the carpal tunnel condition.
The average cost of carpal tunnel surgery ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000. However, there are several factors you should consider while choosing a doctor/surgeon for the surgery, such as:
To know the approximate cost of carpal tunnel surgery in your city, get in touch with us.
You must keep yourself prepared for carpal tunnel release surgery. The following are a few tips that can help you prepare better.
Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon about all medicines you are at that moment, including OTC medicines, supplements, vitamins, and herbs. You will probably be asked to stop taking certain medicines, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, before the surgery.
If you are a smoker, you will be advised to quit before the surgery as smoking can delay healing. You might be asked not to eat or drink anything for 6-12 hours before the surgery.
Based on your medical condition and history your orthopedic surgeon may request other specific preoperative preparations. You may need to undergo certain preoperative tests such as blood tests or an electrocardiogram (ECG) before the surgery. This usually happens on the same day of the surgery.
Delaying or avoiding surgery for carpal tunnel release can worsen the severity of the condition and you may experience a progression of the current symptoms and may experience severe pain and reduced hand motion. Patients are suggested to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration. To consult our orthopedic surgeons for carpal tunnel syndrome near you, give us a call to make an appointment at our orthopedic clinic in your city.
After carpal tunnel release surgery, if the patient does not follow proper rehabilitation and physiotherapy, then the recovery will take much longer. Physiotherapy helps avoid the build-up of scar tissue in the operated region and opens up the tunnel in the wrist to allow proper wrist function. It also helps regain a complete range of motion for the wrist. In addition to physiotherapy, patients should also wear assistive devices such as thumb splints to encourage recovery.
Common carpal tunnel syndrome exercises to follow after carpal tunnel surgery are:
-Finger tip touching: Hold up your hand, palm side up, and touch your thumb with each fingertip in both directions to complete a full cycle. Perform this exercise 3 to 5 times.
-Wrist flexion and stretch: Extend your arm with the wrist flexed at a 900 angle. Pull the wrist back by the other hand. Hold this position for 10-30 seconds 5-6 times for each hand.
–Tendon gliding: Hold your hand straight up and bend your fingers at a 900 angle towards the first knuckle while keeping the fingers together. Then, bend them towards the second knuckle, then form a fist. Then open the hand and repeat the action 5-10 times.
Risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome are:-
People with small carpal tunnels hereditarily are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome.
Women are three times more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome, especially during pregnancy due to constant hormonal fluctuations.;
After surgery, there are no restrictions on activities. However, heavy gripping and lifting may cause pain for several days or weeks. As with all surgical procedures, the recovery time varies by patient and demand.
If the surgery is on the dominant hand and the patient has to perform repetitive motions such as typing and assembly-line work, then they can go back to work in 6-8 weeks. However, if it is on their non-dominant hand and they don’t need to perform repeated motions, they can go back to work in 7-10 days.
Driving is not recommended for about 1 to 2 weeks after carpal tunnel surgery.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery is performed under local anesthesia. It is a minor surgery that is entirely painless. Open surgery causes more pain compared to endoscopic surgery.
Carpal tunnel surgery does not take over 15-20 minutes per hand. The patient spends around 45-60 minutes in the operation theater for the entire procedure before being moved to the patient ward.
After carpal tunnel surgery, most patients are discharged on the same day. At the time of discharge, patients are given some instructions for rehabilitation and post-operative care. The instructions may include the following.
During open carpal tunnel release surgery, the surgeon makes a 2 inch long incision on the wrist over the palm. Then, they cut through the underlying ligament, muscle, and tendon tissues to access and widen the carpal tunnel. This reduces the pressure on the median nerve and provides the patient pain relief.
During the endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure, the surgeon makes two half-inch incisions, one over the wrist and the other over the palm so they can maneuver around the underlying connective tissues to perform the surgery. This helps prevent damage to the surrounding tissues, quickens recovery and reduces the chances of post-operative complications.