Carpal Tunnel Release (Open Technique)
Why is it done?
Open technique carpal tunnel release is recommended when all other nonsurgical treatments, such as pain medicines and physical therapy, are exhausted. Physicians may also recommend this procedure if the muscles in the hands and wrists are weak due to severe pinching of the median nerve.
How does it work?
Carpal tunnel release (open technique) is usually an outpatient procedure. The hand and wrist are anesthetized before the surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the palm. A ligament spanning the carpal bones of the hand (the carpal tunnel) will be exposed, allowing the surgeon to divide the ligament to create more space in the carpal tunnel. Once completed, pressure on the median nerve will be relieved.
What can I expect?
After the procedure, the hand will be bandaged and placed in a splint. Pain will be managed with oral medications. Physical therapy will also occur during the healing process once the splint is removed. Recovery times vary from a few days to a few months.