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Carpal Tunnel Release


The carpal tunnel is a slender passage in the wrist formed by small bones called carpal bones. It shields the median nerve and flexor tendons that bend the thumb and fingers. The compression of a nerve in this area can cause numbness and pain. Mainly, there are two types of carpal tunnel release surgery; one is open release wherein, the surgeon makes an incision of about 2-inches on the wrist, uses common surgical instruments to cut the carpal ligament, and enlarges the carpal tunnel. The second type is endoscopic carpal tunnel release, wherein the surgeon makes a 2-2.5 inch incisions. One is on the wrist, and the other is on the palm. Then the surgeon inserts a camera that is attached to a narrow tube into one of the incisions. The camera guides the surgeon as he/she inserts the instruments and cuts the carpal ligament through the other incision.