Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist. It can cause aching, numbness, or tingling in the hand, often at night, or associated with certain activities. It may cause weakness of grip, which is most commonly due to the loss of sensation that occurs when the nerve is compressed. If there is significant compression however, this may affect the strength of the thenar muscles – the muscles at the base of the thumb.
There are some non-operative measures which may help to alleviate carpal tunnel symptoms. A properly fitting wrist splint can help to position the wrist correctly, and a steroid injection around the nerve may reduce any inflammation in the area. Ultimately many patients who experience carpal tunnel symptoms will require a surgical release at some point.
After carefully assessing your symptoms and examining your wrist and hand, Dr. Potter may arrange further tests and investigations if necessary. She will be able to advise if and when surgery might be appropriate, or she can refer you for a steroid injection or to a qualified hand therapist.
Carpal Tunnel release surgery is usually a day case procedure and may be performed as an open or endoscopic (‘keyhole surgery’) technique. Insured and self funded patients can be accommodated for this surgery. Dr Potter will be able to discuss with you the details of the operation and which type of surgery and/or anesthetic will be the most appropriate for you.