Carpal Tunnel Surgery in Cape Girardeau, MO
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.
Will Carpal Tunnel Surgery Leave Scars?
Carpal tunnel surgery involves a small incision starting at the base of the palm and extending to the wrist. Like with any surgical procedure, you may experience some scarring, but this should fade with time.
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 also accept major credit cards, personal checks, or cash.
Can You Have Carpal Tunnel Surgery on Both Hands?
Carpal tunnel is usually caused by repetitive motions of the hands, making the dominant hand more susceptible. However, carpal tunnel can and does sometimes occur in both hands. Your carpal tunnel surgery can be performed on both hands either at the same time or in separate sessions.
How Long to Recover From Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
Recovery after carpal tunnel surgery can take anywhere from a few weeks, to several months. The length of your recovery will depend on the severity of your condition. For example, if a compressed nerve needs to be treated, recovery may be more extensive.
Why Choose Heartland Plastic & 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.