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When would my doctor suggest sourgery for my carpal syndrome?

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If any of these sound like your situation, your doctor might suggest surgery:

  • Other treatments -- like braces, corticosteroids, and changes to your daily routine -- haven’t helped.
  • You have pain, numbness, and tingling that don’t go away or get better in 6 months.
  • You find it harder to grip, grasp, or pinch objects like you once did.

From: Do I Need Carpal Tunnel Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Release.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Release.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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