Using your hands and fingers is something you likely do without thinking, until numbness and tingling occur, which can prevent you from performing daily tasks. Carpal tunnel syndromeoccurs when you have a pinched nerve in your wrist. If splinting and rest haven't helped, our experts will recommend surgery options to restore function in your hands and fingers.
- Carpal tunnel anatomy
A passageway from the wrist to the hand, the carpal tunnel is made of tendons, ligaments and bones. The median nerve passes through the tunnel and provides sensation to your thumb, index finger, middle finger and the thumb-side of the ring finger.
- Carpal tunnel release
During carpal tunnel release, a surgeon makes an incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel ligament and cuts through the ligament to relieve pressure on the median nerve. The surgery may be done by making one incision on the palm side of the wrist, or by making several small incisions.