Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is a Carpal Tunnel Release?

The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist, where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm to the hand.  Any amount of increased pressure on the median nerve will result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Some symptoms that may be experienced will include pain, numbness, and tingling of the hand, often radiating outward to the fingers.  The symptoms can occur at night and may disturb sleep.  Numbness may also occur while doing simple tasks or even when just resting.  Patients sometimes feel they have to “wake” their hands up by shaking them.

As the condition worsens, the numbness becomes constant to the fingers and the muscle near the thumb may deteriorate.  Medical conditions, such as thyroid problems or diabetes, may also affect carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are suffering from these symptoms, you may be a candidate for carpal tunnel release. Carpal tunnel release is typically performed on an outpatient basis with the surgery lasting about 15-30 minutes. Dr. Tirre utilizes an open technique which means that a small incision is made at the base of the palm and direct decompression of the median nerve is performed. You may need someone to drive you home after surgery due to the anesthesia used. Dr. Tirre may limit your wrist movement initially, and most patients return to normal activities rather quickly. Dr. Tirre will establish a personalized plan for your recovery at the time of your consultation and may include hand therapy.  One of the earliest benefits from surgery is the relief from the pain and tingling sensation at night.

“The surgeries you performed on both my carpal tunnels continues to amaze me. I had forgotten how it felt to not have pain and numbness in my hands! I am almost 100% on my right hand, and four weeks post-op on the left. After all the surgeries you perform, I just wanted you to know that I am truly grateful for the care you provided, and so very thankful my husband found you on the internet. I won’t ever forget you! Thanks for giving me back my hands!”  Carpal tunnel surgery patient of Dr. Tirre’s

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