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Carpal Tunnel Surgery in Houston, Texas

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition in which the median nerve in the wrist is put under pressure. It causes a number of symptoms including numbness, tingling and pain in the hand. Carpal tunnel surgery is a simple way to relieve those symptoms now and over the longer-term to improve your quality of life.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Carpal tunnel surgery is an operation that can eradicate the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment involves the cutting of the carpal ligament, which connects to the bones in your wrist to form the carpal tunnel. A number of tendons and the median nerve run through the carpal tunnel all the way to your fingertips. In some cases, pressure can build up in the carpal tunnel which prevents the median nerve from operating effectively. That causes the numbness, tingling and pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

During carpal tunnel surgery, you will lie on your back with your arm outstretched on an operating board by your side. You’ll be given local anesthetic injections to ensure you don’t feel any pain and a tourniquet will be inflated to stop the blood flowing to your hand. A small incision will then be made on the palm side of the wrist to divide the carpal ligament. That releases the pressure being placed on the median nerve and eases the symptoms. The cut will then be closed with stitches and a bandage will be applied. As some of the best carpal tunnel doctors in Houston, we are the perfect team to perform this surgery for you.

Why do you want a Carpal Tunnel Doctor in Houston?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common neurological disorder of nerve entrapment in the wrist. It currently affects around 60 to 120 people per 100,000 population. Research has shown that carpal tunnel syndrome is more prevalent in those who perform heavy manual repetitive tasks or operate vibrating tools, although the condition cannot be attributed to work alone.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome affect individuals in a number of ways. Primarily, they can reduce an individual’s ability to perform work duties. As well as the general discomfort the symptoms provide, patients also consistently report being woken up multiple times at night due to hand pain and numbness. By performing carpal tunnel surgery, we can alleviate all of these symptoms for you so you can live your life.

What do you want from Carpal Tunnel Treatment?

Dr Danielle Andry and Dr Nandi Wijay are two of the most experienced carpal tunnel surgeons in Houston. They can perform a relatively simple and painless operation that lasts around 20 minutes and eliminates the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome over the long-term.

What can you expect during your initial Carpal Tunnel Treatment consultation?

The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our carpal tunnel doctors at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas. Your surgeon will:

  • Ask you about your symptoms and discuss the goals you want to achieve with carpal tunnel treatment
  • Perform a thorough examination that focuses on your specific anatomy
  • Introduce non-surgical techniques that could be effective
  • Explain the surgical procedure and the potential risks associated with the treatment
  • Answer any questions you may have about the procedure
  • Give you a detailed information pack so you can read more about carpal tunnel surgery in your own time. It will also include a consent form and instructions to follow before and after the treatment
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What should you expect after Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

As you will be given a local anesthetic, it will usually take a few hours for the feeling to come back into your wrist and hand. During this time, it’s important you don’t bump your hand and are careful around hot items like kettles and stoves. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may need over-the-counter painkillers to ease any discomfort you feel. At this point, you should keep your arm up as much as possible to help to reduce the swelling. It’s also important to keep the bandage dry, so we recommend wearing a rubber glove or a putting a plastic bag over your hand when you take a shower or bath.

You will be able to remove the bandage three to four days after the surgery. However, you still need to keep the wound dry until the stitches have been taken out or they dissolve. We recommend a few activities like brushing your hair or your teeth to keep the hand moving, although you should build up movement gradually and stop if your hand or wrist starts to hurt. You’ll be able to get your wound wet and return to light work around two to three weeks after the surgery, and your full wrist strength will return a month or so later.

Get in touch to book your initial consultation with our carpal tunnel surgeons in Houston today.

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