Carpal Tunnel Release

This page contains information about a carpal tunnel release procedure. You should contact your GP or health professional if you have any additional questions about the procedure.

Carpal tunnel syndrome explained

The median nerve in your wrist is located in a tight tunnel (carpal tunnel), along with the tendons that allow your fingers to bend. When there is increased pressure on this nerve, the condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

The benefits of surgery

Surgery relieves the numbness and pain that can be felt in your hand as a result of this condition.

Alternatives to surgery

Mild symptoms can often be alleviated by wearing a wrist support at night. Numbness and pain can be reduced by a steroid injection close to the carpal tunnel.

What the operation entails

The operation usually takes about twenty minutes and is often performed under local anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will cut the tight ligament – known as the flexor retinaculum – that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel via a small cut in the palm of your hand.




• Bleeding
• Pain
• Scarring
• Infection of the surgical wound site


• Return of numbness and pain
• Aching in the wrist
• Numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers
• Tenderness of the scar
• Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the hand (complex regional pain syndrome)

Recovery time

Most people are able to go home the same day. It is advisable to keep your hand bandaged and raised for the first two days. To prevent stiffness, it is important to exercise your fingers, elbow and shoulders gently; exercising regularly should also help you resume normal activities more quickly. Always consult your GP or healthcare professional for advice before you start exercising. You may find your symptoms continue to improve for up to six months after the procedure.

Carpal tunnel release summary

If you are experiencing numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers, a carpal tunnel release should alleviate your symptoms. It could also prevent permanent damage to the nerve.

We look forward to hearing from you to discuss your needs and see how we can get you the best treatment, quickly and affordably.

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