Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that causes a tingling sensation, numbness and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel release surgery is an operation to relieve these severe symptoms and involves dividing a ligament in your wrist to relieve pressure on a nerve.
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About three in 100 men and five in 100 women experience CTS is their lifetime. Surgery may be required if non-surgical treatments fails to relieve the symptoms.
A cut will be made near the base of your palm and your carpal ligament will then be divided to relieve pressure on the median nerve. The cut will then be closed with stitches.
It usually takes about 6-8 weeks to make a full recovery from carpal tunnel release surgery but you should be able to drive and do activities that involve light lifting and gripping soon after your operation.