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Types of Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Surgery TypeRecovery DaysHospital DaysAge Group
Open Carpal Tunnel Release2 - 6 Weeks1 dayAny age
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release1-3 Weeks1 dayAny age

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a condition which affects the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand which is also known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the thumb, the index finger, and parts of the ring finger. The nerve is responsible for the muscle going to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually accompanied by sensations of pain, tingling, burning or swelling in the palm of the hands and may extend to the first three fingers of the hand and the thumb.

If you have signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, better not avoid the condition and visit an expert orthopedic doctor for carpal tunnel treatment in Tiruvottiyur.


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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Incision
  • Incision in open carpal tunnel release surgery is about 2 inches.
  • In endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • the doctor makes two incisions of half-inch each.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Management
  • Wearing a wrist splint to put it in a neutral position
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Local steroid injections
  • Anti inflammatory medications
  • Surgery
Restrictions after Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Avoid lifting things heavier than 0.5 to 1 kg and overusing your hand for about 2 weeks.
  • Avoid doing repeated arm or hand movements and activities like typing or using a computer
  • or chopping food.
  • Avoid activities that cause vibration in the hand.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery- Endoscopic vs Open Surgery
  • Incision size- Size of open carpal tunnel surgery incision is usually 3 to 4 cm. Endoscopic carpal tunnel incision size is approximately 1 cm
  • which is much smaller.
  • Blood loss- Due to the smaller incisions, there is minimal blood loss in case of endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
  • Recovery Period- Recovery period after endoscopic carpal tunnel release is much smaller as compared to open surgery.
  • Risks and complications- Risk of infection, complications, hand pain and scar tenderness is higher following an open surgery as compared to endoscopic surgery.
Physical examination for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Steps Involved In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

How does the Orthopedic doctor diagnose Carpal tunnel?

A doctor can diagnose a carpal tunnel syndrome by doing a physical examination and tests called nerve conduction studies. The physical examination may include a thorough evaluation of your hand, shoulder, wrist, neck or any other parts that can cause pressure in the nerve. The doctor may also check if there is any tenderness or swelling in the wrist. The doctor may further check the sensation of the fingers and the strength of the muscles in your hand.

How is Carpal Tunnel Release performed?

To relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, the doctor conducts a surgery called Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. During a carpal tunnel release or surgery, the surgeon cuts through the ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel. This makes more room for the median nerve and tendons passing through the tunnel, and usually improves pain and function.

Why choose Pristyn Care?

Best Healthcare Provider for Carpal Tunnel Treatment


Hassle-free treatment journey

We provide hassle-free treatment to all patients for carpal tunnel surgery with a convenient and comfortable treatment journey.


US FDA-approved treatments

We avail all patients with advanced state-of-the-art treatments for carpal tunnel release surgery for successful treatment and long-term recovery.


Expert and experienced orthopedic specialists

We have a team of expert and experienced orthopedic surgeons and doctors with over 8 years of experience treating advanced orthopedic issues like carpal tunnel syndrome.


Minimal chances of complications

We take care of all aspects of the patient’s treatment journey to ensure minimal chances of complications at any point during the treatment.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the success rate of carpal tunnel release surgery in Tiruvottiyur at Pristyn Care?

The success rate of CTS release surgery at Pristyn Care is over 85-90%, thanks to the advanced infrastructure of Pristyn Care clinics and associated hospitals, and its team of expert orthopedists.

Which techniques are used for carpal tunnel release in Tiruvottiyur?

Pristyn Care provides minimally invasive surgery for carpal tunnel release to provide pain relief from CTS.

What is recovery duration after carpal tunnel release surgery?

The recovery for carpal tunnel release surgery depends on how long the patient had the condition and what kind of procedure they had. If the nerve had been compressed for a long time and the patient had open surgery, then it would take much longer to heal. It also depends on your dominant hand and what kind of work they do.

How soon can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?/h3>

If the surgery is on the dominant hand and the patient has to perform repetitive motions such as typing and assembly-line work, then they can go back to work in 6-8 weeks; however, if it is on their non-dominant hand and they don’t need to perform repeated motions, they can go back to work in 7-10 days.

Will I be awake during carpal tunnel surgery?

The surgeon can perform the surgery under general or local anesthesia depending on the patient’s condition and the surgeon’s preference. If the surgery is performed under local anesthesia, you may be awake, but you won’t feel any pain during the surgery.

What are the major risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome are:-

  • People with small carpal tunnels hereditarily are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Women are three times more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome, especially during pregnancy due to constant hormonal fluctuations.
  • Patients between the ages of 40 and 70.
  • Wrist injury including sprained and fractured wrists.
  • Frequent exposure of hands to extreme temperatures.
  • Medical conditions such as overactive pituitary gland, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, etc.
  • Delayed complication of improperly managed Colles’ fracture.
  • Repetitive movements of hands or wrists.

Physiotherapy for carpal tunnel surgery

After carpal tunnel release surgery, if the patient does not follow proper rehabilitation and physiotherapy, then the recovery will take much longer. Physiotherapy helps avoid the build-up of scar tissue in the operated region and opens up the tunnel in the wrist to allow proper wrist function. It also helps regain a complete range of motion for the wrist. In addition to physiotherapy, patients should also wear assistive devices such as thumb splints to encourage recovery.

Common carpal tunnel syndrome exercises to follow after carpal tunnel surgery are:

  • Fingertip touching: Hold up your hand, with palm side up and touch your thumb with each fingertip in both directions to complete a full cycle. Perform this exercise 3 to 5 times.
  • Wrist flexion and stretch: Extend your arm with the wrist flexed at a 900 angle. Pull the wrist back by the other hand. Hold this position for 10-30 seconds 5-6 times for each hand.
  • Tendon gliding: Hold your hand straight up and bend your fingers at a 900 angle towards the first knuckle while keeping the fingers together. Then, bend them towards the second knuckle, then form a fist. Then open the hand and repeat the action 5-10 times.
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