Carpal Tunnel Surgery in Winston-Salem, NC
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve (extending from the forearm into the palm) is pinched or squeezed at the wrist. The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve the pressure on this nerve; consequently, easing the symptoms associated with the condition. Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center offers carpal tunnel surgery to residents of Winston-Salem, NC, and other nearby cities. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that as many as three out of every 10,000 workers in the United States has lost time from work due to carpel tunnel syndrome. It is always best to start treatment as soon as possible following diagnosis. Some of the factors used to determine the eligibility of patients for surgery include the following:
- Symptoms last up to six months or longer.
- Muscles located in the base of the palm show shrinkage signs.
- Patient experiences persistent numbness.
- Symptoms occur within 30 seconds during the application of a Phalen’s test.
Surgery to treat the condition will involve an incision into the wrist to severe the carpal ligament and relive the pressure. Another term for carpel tunnel surgery is carpel tunnel release surgery, based on the fact that it involves freeing the carpel ligament. Residents of Winston-Salem, NC, can contact Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center to find out some more about carpal tunnel surgery.