Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to a nerve constriction at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is located between the muscle of the thenar and hypothenar. Typical symptoms for this disease are pain and numbness at night. Before an operation, the nerve conduction is tested by neurological measurement. Through a small incision between the thumb and little finger the nerve is freed and the pain is quickly relieved.
This operation also helps if other nerves are constricted in the arm, leading to pain, numbness and loss of strength. By neurological examination, you can accurately determine where constriction is located so an operation can be performed.
The operation takes roughly about 30 minutes and is usually performed under local anesthesia. On request, general anesthesia is also available. This procedure is usually performed as an outpatient.
After about 2 weeks, the stitches are removed and you are capable of work again.