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Carpal Tunnel Decompression

What is Carpal Tunnel Decompression?
A nerve to your finger ends runs deep inside the front of your wrist (carpus). It runs inside a little tunnel (the carpal tunnel). There is not enough room for the nerve as it runs through the carpal tunnel. It causes pain and tingling in the fingers and hand, and even higher up the forearm.

What does the operation involve?
A cut is made in your palm, next to the skin crease that runs up the centre. The roof of the tunnel is then cut to give your nerve more space. The wound is then closed up with stitches or clips.

Are there any risks associated with having a Carpal Tunnel Decompression?
All operations involve an element of risk, these are very small but you need to be aware of them and can discuss them with your doctor at any time.

The risks are

  • Complications relating to the anaesthetic
  • Stiffness and or pain in the hand.
  • Infection
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels around the shoulder
  • Need to re-do the surgery
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