What is Carpal Tunnel Decompression?
Carpal tunnel release is a procedure used to cure the painful disease referred as carpal tunnel syndrome and possibly cure it. Injury, such as a sprain or fracture, or repeated use of a vibrating tool can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve and tendons that enable your fingers to move through a narrow wrist passage called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel consists of the bones of the wrist on the bottom and the carpal ligament on the upper part of the wrist. When this part of the body is injured, tissue swelling in the tunnel can press the median nerve. A surgeon cuts through the ligament that presses down on the carpal tunnel during a carpal tunnel release. This allows more space for the tunnel’s median nerve and tendons and generally improves pain and function.
What are the symptoms for Carpal Tunnel Decompression?
- No strength in the thumb
- Loss of coordination in the fingers
- Loss of function
Evaluations for Carpal Tunnel Decompression
- Physical examination
- Nerve conduction study
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Decompression
Carpal tunnel release is generally an outpatient procedure.
Types of carpal tunnel release surgery:
- Open Carpal Tunnel Release – The traditional procedure of opening the wrist to do the surgery by the surgeon.
- Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release – Through an incision, a thin, flexible tube containing a camera is placed into the wrist in this procedure. The camera guides the doctor as the surgery is performed by another small incision with thin tools put into the wrist.
In this procedure, the surgeon gives local anesthesia. The surgeon cuts incision on the wrist in an open-release surgery. The surgeon then uses surgical tools to cut the carpal ligament and expand the carpal tunnel. The doctor will make 2 incisions in an endoscopic carpal tunnel release. One of them is on the wrist and one on the palm. The doctor inserts in one incision a camera attached to a narrow tube. The camera guides the doctor while inserting instruments and cuts the carpal ligament by the other incision. The surgeon will stitch the incisions up. The hand and the wrist are placed in a splint.
The cost of investigations would generally range between USD 400 and USD 600
The cost of surgery would generally be as below:
|Economy Ward||USD 2600|
|Twin Sharing Room||USD 3200|
|Private room||USD 3800|