Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed where the palm meets the arm. Multiple factors may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome: there is rarely a single cause. Depending on the extent, severity and degree of nerve compression, surgery may provide the best chance for improvement of symptoms. Surgery is performed to relieve symptoms and to (hopefully) prevent irreversible loss of nerve function. Hand rehabilitation after surgery may be necessary in a small percentage of patients.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is present in about 4% of adults in the United States, and carpal tunnel release surgery is commonly performed by plastic surgeons. There are several different methods of performing the operation. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the various alternative surgical procedures.
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