Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery: What You Can Expect Before, During, and After This Procedure

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition in the hand where the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed, causing an uncomfortable amount of pressure in the wrist. The median nerve travels through the wrist and passes through something called “a carpal tunnel,” which is made of bone and ligament. Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, in addition to wrist pressure, may include a burning or tingling numbness in the palm and fingers, decreased grip strength, and an inability to decipher between hot and cold by touch.

If any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you, it might be time to call Dr. Biagio Pacifico of Staten Island for hand surgery. Carpal tunnel hand surgery is a relatively quick and easy procedure and very effective in treating the condition. If you are considering the surgery but are still unsure, here’s what you can expect before, during and after.


There are two types of carpal tunnel hand surgery; endoscopic and open. Both surgeries include small incisions that are closed with stitches upon completion of the procedure. Before surgery, the performing doctor will detail all of the risks and benefits involved, as well as any other options you may have. You will also need to disclose to your doctor all of the medications you are taking, as some (blood thinners) may adversely interact with anesthesia.


There are two types of carpal tunnel hand surgery, open and endoscopic. You and your doctor will have discussed which type is best for you prior to getting the surgery. Open surgery involves a larger incision (up to two inches) that is cut from your wrist to the palm. Endoscopic surgery involves two smaller incisions, one on the wrist and possibly one on the arm. An endoscopic camera is then placed in the openings to guide the doctor as he cuts the ligament. When the operation is finished, the openings are closed with stitches, and a large bandage will cover the wound(s). It’s very likely you will leave the hospital that same day, as overnight stays are rare with this type of procedure.


After surgery, it’s possible to feel relief of your carpal tunnel symptoms that day, but full healing will take longer. Your doctor will recommend pain medications as post-surgery you will experience a little swelling and stiffness. To alleviate this, your doctor may give you hand exercises to work your fingers. Full recovery varies for each individual and can be discussed with your doctor.

All in all, carpal tunnel hand surgery is a quick and easy procedure that minimal risks and complications. To learn more about if this surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Biagio Pacifico, Staten Island’s premier liposuction, and cosmetic surgery doctor, today/ 


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