When Should I Have Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating and painful condition caused by pressure on the median nerve in the hand. It can be felt as numbness and tingling, weakness of the fingers, burning pain, and a tendency to drop things.
Surgery is often recommended to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It works by releasing pressure on the median nerve. But where some surgeries can be quite invasive, there is now another option with minimally-invasive carpal tunnel surgery.
How do you know if carpal tunnel surgery is the right option for you? It’s typically used when all other options have been exhausted but there are a few things you can look for to determine when it’s the right option for you.
Increased pain, numbness and tingling, inflammation, and swelling are all symptoms that indicate your carpal tunnel has worsened, and that surgery may be necessary.
Consider the severity of your symptoms when deciding if it’s time for surgery as well. If carpal tunnel syndrome is stopping you from everyday tasks and other options aren’t working, surgery might be just what your need to relieve your symptoms
There are many different options for treatment when you have carpal tunnel syndrome. When you’re first diagnosed, you may try wrist splints, cortisone steroid injections, medications, or physical therapy. But when those are no longer working, surgery is often the next step.
Minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery uses special endoscopic tools to access the compressed ligaments and tendons in the wrist and take the pressure off the median nerve. The incision is only a few centimeters to fit the endoscopic tools. This ensures you don’t have to worry about a big scar or a long healing time. Done on an outpatient basis, you’ll likely be able to move your hand the day after surgery.
You may notice some swelling and discomfort after surgery but after a few days, you should feel the results. Your doctor will likely recommend an over-the-counter pain medication to help with any discomfort you’re feeling.
If you’re struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome and nothing seems to be working, now is the perfect time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon at Falcon Plastic Surgery. He can walk you through the surgery and answer any questions you may have.
To schedule a consultation today, contact us at our Natrona Heights or Monroeville, PA offices or use our online scheduling form.
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