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Carpal tunnel release

Surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome

An operation to relieve pain, numbness and tingling in your arm, hand and fingers caused by carpal tunnel syndrome

About

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where there's pressure on the nerve that controls sensation and movement in your wrist and hand. This nerve runs through the carpal tunnel in your hand. Surgery is recommended when other treatments have failed to give relief.

Need to know

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    Carpal tunnel release is usually done under local anaesthetic. This numbs your wrist and hand and will block pain in the area. Your surgeon will make a small cut on your wrist or palm. They'll then cut the ligament in your carpal tunnel. This will reduce pressure on your nerve and make space in your carpal tunnel. Your surgeon will then stitch up the cut in your hand.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and how to prepare. They'll also answer any questions you may have. You won't need to stay overnight and can go home after your surgery. You should arrange to have someone take you home as you won't be able to drive. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You may initially have some pain, swelling and stiffness, but you can use your hand and do light activities from the day of your surgery. It can take around three months to fully recover. You might need to have some physiotherapy to help strengthen your wrist. You may be able to return to work around two weeks after your surgery. This depends on the type of job you have. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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