Carpal Tunnel Surgery in Kernersville, NC
Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center offers carpal tunnel surgery to the residents of Kernersville, North Carolina. The median nerve and tendons of the wrist go through a small area known as the carpal tunnel. Conditions that place pressure on the median nerve, such as inflammation of the tendons, result in tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in the fingers and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most frequently associated with spending long hours on a computer. Some medical conditions, including bone spurs, hypothyroidism, obesity and diabetes, may cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Patients with mild carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from non-surgical treatments and physical therapy. Limiting activities, icing the area and wearing a splint may help relieve the pressure on the median nerve. Anti-inflammatory and steroidal medications may help with the healing process.
Patients in the Kernersville, North Carolina, area who experience discomfort after two weeks of non-surgical treatment may need carpal tunnel surgery from Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center. To relieve the pressure on the median nerve, the surgeon removes portions of the ligament within the carpal tunnel to create a wider opening for the median nerve. After carpal tunnel surgery, the patient may experience immediate relief, while some symptoms will resolve over time. Patients typically have a weakness in the affected hand for several months after the surgery. Some patients may continue to have mild episodes of carpal tunnel syndrome after surgery.