Carpal Tunnel Surgery
At Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, our surgeons perform carpal tunnel surgery for the residents of Jackson, Sikeston, and the surrounding towns in Missouri to relieve discomfort and restore function in the hands and wrists.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Your forearm contains a median nerve and several tendons that extend into the carpal tunnel of the wrist, which is located where the forearm and palm come together. When the nerves or tendons that flow into the carpal tunnel are inflamed, this opening becomes too narrow, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Is the Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motion that involves the wrists; however, trauma or injury to the hands or wrists may also result in this condition. If you also have rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or hypothyroidism, your odds of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are much greater.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Normal symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are as follows:
- Numbness and tingling, especially in the thumb, index, and middle fingers
- Pain that runs from the hand to the elbow
- Loss of strength in the hands or fingers
How Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery Performed?
Known as carpal tunnel release surgery, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia. A small incision will be made beginning at the base of your palm and extending to your wrist. The transverse carpal ligament is then cut in order to release pressure on the median nerve, allowing the carpal tunnel to open normally again. After cutting the ligament, your incision will be closed with stitches, and then your hand will be wrapped with a dressing.
Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery Right for Me?
If you have tried rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and wrist splints but have not noticed an improvement in your symptoms, carpal tunnel surgery could be needed if you are to perform normal activities again.
What Does Carpal Tunnel Surgery Cost?
Carpal Tunnel surgery is usually covered by insurance. For self-pay patients, your cost will be discussed during your consultation, along with our convenient payment options. We have a variety of financing options through CareCredit® and Medicalfinancing.com and also accept major credit cards, personal checks, or cash.
Why Choose Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery?
Both of our doctors are highly skilled surgeons who are known for their professional and caring demeanor. From the moment you arrive in our office; you’ll be made to feel comfortable by our warm, attentive staff. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care before, during, and after your treatment to ensure your total recovery.
Isn’t it time you sought treatment for your hand or wrist disorder? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and need carpal tunnel surgery, please contact our Cape Girardeau, Missouri office now to schedule an appointment.