Carpal Tunnel Release

Now that is a hand I would NOT like to do a carpal tunnel release on in the operating room. Instead of having to stand on to step stools like I typically do when operating, I would need a full-fledged extension ladder.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the retinaculum, which is a structure that lies over your median nerve, gets inflamed and thickened. When this occurs the inflamed retinaculum can push on the median nerve which irritates it. This causes pain, numbness and tingling involving your thumb, index finger and middle finger. Pain can shoot up to your elbow with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The treatment starts with physical therapy, wearing a night brace, taking B vitamins and sometimes a cortisone injection. Diagnostic imaging includes a plain x-ray and an EMG/nerve conduction study.
If this treatment fails surgery is an option.