Our neurologists and neurosurgeons assess and evaluate patients suffering
from nerve entrapment syndromes including carpal tunnel syndrome. This
form of compressive neuropathy can cause pain and discomfort that can
affect patient’s functioning and quality of life. If left untreated,
carpal tunnel can cause nerve and muscle damage that is permanent and
irreversible. Without proper treatment, patients lose sensory function
and dexterity because of nerve compression and a lack of circulation and
nutrients to the nerve structures.
When diagnosis is confirmed, medication is often the first course of treatment.
Splinting is also beneficial to prevent flexion or extension that creates
pain and pressure on the median nerve. If drug therapy and conservative
treatment fails, surgery may be recommended.
Neurosurgical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Our neurosurgeons are skilled in performing delicate nerve release surgery
for carpal tunnel syndrome, using microsurgical instruments. Patients
undergo this outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, typically. Surgery
involves a small incision that provides more nerve space and greatly reduces
pressure on the nerve. Symptoms are generally relieved immediately.
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