Carpal tunnel release

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where there is tingling or numbness of certain fingers. This can be combined with hand weakness or just altered sensation. It is often quite debilitating.

The carpal tunnel is a space at the wrist through which one of your nerves and a number of your tendons pass. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is insufficient space in the carpal tunnel, and the median nerve begins to be compressed.

Do I have to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

There are different treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. The first stage might include resting that particular hand or wearing a splint at night. This may be all that is required to relieve your symptoms.

If you have tried conservative management or it is not an option for you, then you may be interested in a steroid injection into your wrist, or surgery (carpal tunnel release).

All of the therapies aim to achieve the same goal – namely to ensure there is enough space in your carpal tunnel to avoid nerve compression. Marc Seifman can discuss this with you and aims to help guide you with your decision making process.

Can I have carpal tunnel release on both of my hands at the same time?

While it may seem convenient to treat both sides at the same time, the recovery might be a bit difficult if you have both hands bandaged. Marc Seifman is happy to discuss your treatment priorities with you and target your treatment towards your individual goals.

Will I have a scar?

Any time you have surgery that affects all the layers of the skin, a scar is formed. As a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Marc Seifman is experienced in techniques that aim to both minimise any scarring, as well as hide the scarring in less noticeable places.

What is the process for my carpal tunnel release?

To begin your journey with Marc Seifman, you will typically have an initial consultation to understand your symptoms, examine your hand and wrist, and see how we can help you.

It is important to remember that the initial consultation is a no obligation consultation. If you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

After the procedure, you will likely have a dressing on the wound which should be kept clean and dry. Specific instructions will be given to you after the procedure. You may experience some discomfort a number of hours after the procedure once the effects of the local anaesthetic wear off, and these are usually easily addressed with pain medications that can be purchased over the counter at supermarkets or pharmacies. You should be able to go home on the same day.

You should be able to return to work within one week depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first two weeks.

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