CARPAL TUNNEL TREATMENT IN NEW ORLEANS
Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure that treats carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and in severe cases, even loss of function of the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by external compression of the median nerve as it passes through the tunnel at the wrist, also known as the carpal tunnel.
In carpal tunnel release surgery, Dr. Hendrick releases the carpal ligament, thereby allowing more space for the median nerve and tendons to pass through the carpal tunnel. The procedure relieves symptoms and improves function.
Once the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is made, which is usually done through a physical exam performed by Dr. Hendrick. Additional testing of the nerves of the upper extremity such as an electromyography test and nerve conduction study may be recommended to assess the nerve function and evaluate other potential sites for nerve compression. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, some patients might respond to non-surgical treatments, such as wrist splinting, steroid injections, or therapy, before resorting to surgery.
Carpal tunnel release can reduce pain, tingling, and numbness of the hand and fingers that have resulted from carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also restore function of the hand and fingers.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE?
Carpal tunnel release is outpatient surgery performed with the patient under a local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia depending on the patients preference and safety.
Whenever possible, Dr. Hendrick performs minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release. In this case, a small incision is made at the wrist crease. A small camera is inserted into the carpal tunnel to visualize the ligament. Then the ligament is incised using a special blade mounted on the camera. This allows Dr. Hendrick the ability to incises the entire ligament without injury to surrounding nerves or tendons.
In some cases, Dr. Hendrick may recommend the traditional method of open carpal tunnel release. In this technique, a longitudinal incision is made within the palm. The carpal ligament is then incised to release the carpal tunnel.
After each procedure the wounds are sutured closed and soft splint is placed on the hand and wrist.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING RECOVERY FROM CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE?
Post-operatively, you can expect soreness, swelling, stiffness, and bruising. You will be given pain medication to manage any discomfort. During your post-operative period, you may experience improvement of your carpal tunnel symptoms, however, in some more severe cases, improvement can take several weeks to even months to occur.
In regards to time off of work, every patient is different, but most patients require one to two weeks off from work during the recovery period.
Dr. Hendrick will discuss the pre-operative, operative, and post-operative plans and care in detail with you during your visits.
DOES INSURANCE COVER CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE?
Carpal tunnel release is covered by most insurance carriers. Check with your company representatives regarding their policies.
Contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about expert carpal tunnel release surgery.