Carpal tunnel release is a surgery that’s used to treat the painful condition of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the hand is affected by numbness and tingling due to a pinched nerve at the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by injury, such as a sprain or fracture, or repetitive use of a vibrating tool. During a carpal tunnel release, the ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel is cut. This makes more room for the median nerve and tendons passing through the tunnel, and will improve pain and function.
Patients with de Quervain syndrome experience pain in the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. Hand and thumb motion, such as forceful grasping or twisting, will cause pain. Patients often describe a feeling of inflammation. Treatments that can relieve symptoms include:
Tennis elbow is usually caused from the overuse of muscles attached to your elbow and used to straighten your wrist. Surgery for tennis elbow may involve:
Surgery may be done using arthroscopy, traditional open surgery, or a combination of the two techniques.
Trigger finger is a term used to describe the painful condition in which the fingers or thumb catch or lock when bent. Trigger finger occurs when tendons in the finger or thumb become inflamed. Most often surgery is performed using local anesthesia to numb the site. The surgeon makes a small incision in the palm of the hand and cuts the tendon sheath tunnel. After it heals, the tunnel is wider and more flexible, allowing the tendon to pass through with more ease.
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