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Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) surgery?

CTS surgery, or decompression, is used to take pressure off the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve controls muscles and feeling in the hand. Surgery may be done through an opening on your palm. This is called open surgery. Your surgeon may instead put a scope and tools into 1 or 2 small incisions on your wrist or palm. This is called endoscopic surgery.

How do I prepare for CTS surgery?

What will happen during CTS surgery?

Carpal Tunnel Release

What should I expect after CTS surgery?

You will be taken to a room where you will rest until you are fully awake and gain feeling in your arm. Do not try to get out of bed until your provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of CTS surgery?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your skin may bruise. A thick, painful scar may form where you had surgery. You may develop trigger finger (fingers locked in a bent position). Surgery may cause long-term numbness or weakness in your fingers, hand, or wrist. Your symptoms may not go away, and you may need surgery again.

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