Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

The open carpal tunnel release surgery surgical procedure treats the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. It relieves pressure on a nerve that travels through your wrist. This nerve is called the “median” nerve.

In preparation for the procedure, your wrist and hand are anesthetized. The surgeon makes a small incision in your skin at the base of your palm to expose a band of tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. This ligament spans across the carpal bones of the hand and forms the space called the carpal tunnel.

The surgeon carefully divides this ligament to create more space within the carpal tunnel. It relieves pressure on the median nerve.

Once the procedure is complete, the incision is closed. The wrist and hand are bandaged and may be placed in a splint.

Download a brochure about Open Carpal Tunnel Release.

Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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