Omaha Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Omaha Carpal Tunnel Surgery Eligibility
Your Doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your health and activities. Your doctor will ask if you have any health problems-such as hypothyroidism, or diabetes-or if you are pregnant. He or she will ask if you recently hurt your wrist, arm, or neck. Your doctor will want to know about your daily routine and any recent activities that could have hurt your wrist. During the exam, your doctor will check the feeling, strength, and appearance of your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Your doctor may suggest tests, such as blood tests to see if any health problems might be causing your symptoms. Tests ordered may include: X-ray. Some doctors may recommend an X-ray of the affected wrist to rule out other causes of wrist pain, such as arthritis or a fracture. Electromyogram is a machine that measures the tiny electrical discharges produced in muscles. A thin-needle electrode is inserted into the muscles your doctor wants to study. The electrical activity in the muscle is recorded by the machine. This test can help determine if muscle damage has occurred.
Omaha Carpal Tunnel Surgery Expectations
Omaha Carpal Tunnel Surgery Treatments
The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on your median nerve by cutting the ligament pressing on the nerve. The surgery performed is called a “carpal tunnel release”. The transverse carpal tunnel ligament is severed to relive pressure on the median nerve. There are two ways to do this surgery- either by making one incision on the palm side of the wrist, or by making several small incisions.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can be done using an endoscope, a telescope-like device with a tiny camera attached to it that allows your doctor to see inside your carpal tunnel and perform the surgery through small incisions in your hand or wrist.
Open surgery involves making a larger incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel and cutting through the ligament to free the nerve. Either technique has risks and benefits that are important to discuss with your surgeon before surgery.