Talk to your doctor about any medicines and supplements you take. You may be asked to stop taking them up to 1 week before surgery.
Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
Arrange for help at home after the procedure.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Local or general anesthesia may be used. Local anesthesia will numb the area. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.
Description of the Procedure
One of 2 methods may be used:
Open Carpal Tunnel Release
A small cut will be made in the lower palm and wrist area. The carpal ligament will be opened. This will free the median nerve. The incision will be closed with stitches and bandaged.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Two small cuts will be made on the palm side of the wrist. A small tool with a camera will be passed through the opening. This camera will allow the doctor to see inside of the carpal tunnel. Other tools will be passed through the other incision. These tools will be used to release the carpal ligament. All tools will be removed. The incision will be closed with stitches and bandaged.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Clinical Practice Guideline on the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. AAOS 2016 Feb PDF.
Carpal tunnel release. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/orthopaedic/carpal_tunnel_release_135,29/. Accessed September 23, 2019.
Carpal tunnel syndrome fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet. Updated August 13, 2019. Accessed September 23, 2019.
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