Nerve Decompression (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery)
PHX Plastic Surgery, offers the most medically effective carpal tunnel syndrome surgery and treatment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wrist to the hand called the carpal tunnel. Since the median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers, many debilitating and painful symptoms may result from overuse.
Patient History and Examination
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment at the PHX Plastic Surgery may include:
- Splinting of the hand to help prevent wrist movement and decrease the compression of the nerves inside the tunnel
- Using oral or injected anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the swelling
- Having surgery to relieve compression on the nerves in the carpal tunnel
- Making workplace or ergonomic changes
Peripheral Nerve Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Side Effects and Recovery
After carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, the wrist may be immobilized in a large dressing and wrist brace to help stabilize the area. The splint is usually worn continuously for the first two weeks after the surgery, but then is used intermittently for the next month or so.
There is a moderate degree of pain in the hand after carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, which is usually controlled with pain medications taken orally. Dr. Johnson may also have you keep the affected hand elevated while sleeping at night.
The length of recovery varies for each patient. If the nerve has been compressed for a long period of time, recovery may take longer.
Movement of the fingers and wrist is encouraged a few days following carpal tunnel syndrome surgery to help prevent stiffness.