Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Surgery
When surgery is considered
necessary to treat severe carpal tunnel syndrome, it usually relieves symptoms.
Nerve tests (nerve conduction velocity
test and electromyogram) are usually completed before surgery is done. Surgery
is more likely to be successful if the results from nerve testing point to
carpal tunnel syndrome.
Unless carpal tunnel symptoms become
intolerable, a pregnant woman should delay surgery until after childbirth.
After delivery, symptoms often disappear without treatment when
pregnancy-related fluid buildup is relieved.
There are many health
problems, such as
rheumatoid arthritis or
diabetes, that can cause symptoms similar to carpal
tunnel syndrome. If you have a health problem that causes severe carpal tunnel
symptoms or makes symptoms worse:
- Ongoing treatment for that problem is
needed to help control those symptoms.
- Surgery may help prevent
median nerve damage and give you partial relief from
carpal tunnel symptoms.
Your decision about whether to use open or endoscopic
surgery depends on your doctor's experience with the procedures. Endoscopic
carpal tunnel surgery uses very technical equipment and is most successful when
the doctor has done the procedure many times.