Two Kinds Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery – Options and Tips

Orthopedics expert, Dr. John Cluett, advised that when usage of anti- inflammatory medications, wrist brace and cortisone injection does not help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome then most likely, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a chronic, painful inflammation of the hands and wrist, most commonly caused by redundant use of the hands. Carpal Tunnel can affect anyone who uses the wrists and hands in the same way over and over again. Carpal Tunnel strikes writers, assembly line workers, grocery workers are very prone as well as office workers who are computer bound. The inflammation can last for hours or for weeks, it can also be ever present. The most common symptoms are a gnawing pain in the wrists and the tendons of the hands that will not recede, the other symptom is a growing numbness that spreads along the palms of the hands and wrists. Many try and live with the pain, others cannot handle it and seek help.

There are many treatments available for Carpal Tunnel, they range from anti inflammatory medications to ongoing physical therapies to T’ai Ch’i and Yoga. For those who find these solutions unsatisfactory, surgery is an option.

There are two types of surgery currently being performed to help relieve the pain. Both are designed to do the same thing, which is to relieve the pain by removing the scar tissue that has formed in the tendons of the wrist. The first type of surgery is classic open surgery, where the skin is opened up and the scar tissue is removed. This involves anesthesia, stitches and post operative therapy to relieve pain and to strengthen the tendon.

Drugs are often required to help in post operative procedures like these, and can be taken for days or weeks following the surgery.

The other surgery option is arthroscopic surgery, where a probe is inserted into the arm. The scar tissue is removed this way. This option is less invasive and requires less anesthesia and less stitching. Recovery time is also less. But not everyone is a candidate for this option. If the scar tissue is profound the patient may not qualify for the arthroscopic procedure.

Either way, the success rate for both procedures is very high. Most patients are pain free afterwards.

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