Other Procedures

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel release surgery may be indicated when non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome fail. It may also be performed when hand muscles lose strength or become smaller due to impingement of the median nerve, which runs through a small tunnel in the wrist. Swelling or other conditions can cause the nerve to become pinched, leading to pain and an inability to properly use part of the hand. Carpal tunnel release involves a hand incision to open a ligament pinching the median nerve. Doing this relieves the pain, numbness and tingling for many patients.