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Carpal Tunnel Release: A Closer Look

Carpal tunnel release is typically performed outpatient (meaning you go home the same day) under local anesthesia.


During surgery, a cut is made in your palm. The transverse carpal ligament at the carpal tunnel is divided. This increases the size of the tunnel and decreases pressure on the nerve.


Following surgery you will have specific instructions by your surgeon or his/her nurse. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Some pain, swelling, and stiffness can be expected after surgery. You may be required to wear a wrist brace.. You may use your hand normally, taking care to avoid significant discomfort.


Minor soreness in the palm is common for several months after surgery. Weakness of pinch and grip may persist for up to 6 months.



For specific instructions from your surgeon, please visit the post operative page.



Sources and for more information:
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)