Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a relatively common condition that can cause tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. It is caused by a trapped nerve in the wrist.

Common questions

What is treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In order to relieve the pressure on the nerve, a small incision is made at the front of the wrist, the ligament on top of the nerve is cut and the skin closed.

Why would I have treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you are suffering from compression of the median nerve at the wrist - which is referred to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - you may be recommended to have this treatment.

What happens during treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In order to relieve the pressure on the nerve, a small incision is made at the front of the wrist, the ligament on top of the nerve is cut and the skin closed.

What should I expect after treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Once you are home, you keep your hand elevated at least for two to three days. You can use your hand and finger to handle things that are light and easy at once, but do it gradually. Move all fingers, elbow and your shoulder in full range several times during the day to prevent stiffness and swelling and development of scar adhesions to the tendon. It is unsafe to drive after surgery until you have good function of the hand. It may be a good idea to wait till the wound has healed and the stitches can be removed.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.