Carpal tunnel release surgery is used to reduce the
pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. This is done by cutting the ligament
that forms the top of the carpal tunnel. Cutting this ligament relieves
pressure on the median nerve. Any other tissue (such as a tumor) that may be
putting pressure on the median nerve can also be removed during surgery.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
October 2, 2012
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October 02, 2012
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