A CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE is a surgery performed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, which is pain and weakness in the hand that is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Carpal tunnel surgery decreases pain, nerve tingling, and numbness and restores muscle strength.
THE PROCEDURE: The surgeon will cut through the carpal ligament to make more space for the nerve and tendons:
AFTER THE PROCEDURE: After the carpal tunnel surgery, your wrist will likely be placed in a splint or heavy bandage for about a week. (After the splint or bandage is removed, you will begin motion exercises or a physical therapy program.)
The length of your recovery will depend on how long you had symptoms prior to the surgery and the severity of damage to your median nerve. If you had symptoms for a long time, you may not be completely pain-free after you recover.