What happens during carpal tunnel Release (Decompression) surgery?
Carpal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home after the procedure.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery also called Carpal Tunnel Decompression surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
During open carpal Tunnel surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut, which releases pressure on the median nerve and relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
An incision is made at the base of the palm of the hand. This allows to see the transverse carpal ligament. After the ligament is cut, the skin is closed with stitches. The gap where the ligament was cut is left alone in order to widen the carpal tunnel to relieve median nerve compression.
For open carpal tunnel release surgery, a patient does not need to stay in the hospital, it is done under local anaesthesia, and patient can go home on the same day.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery