Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Repair Surgery – PreOp® Patient Education Medical HD

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Repair Surgery – PreOp® Patient Education Medical HD

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Your doctor has recommended that you undergo hand surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The median nerve, which carries sensation to the thumb and first three fingers, passes through a natural passageway in the wrist. This opening – called the carpal tunnel is formed by arch-shaped wrist bones and a connecting ligament.

Various conditions, such as pregnancy, injury, arthritis and changes in the tendons caused by repetitive motion can crowd the already narrow tunnel, putting pressure on the nerve.

This added pressure can cause a tingling sensation in the fingers and the thumb and may even lead to numbness, pain and restricted movement. This combination of symptoms is called the carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient — so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let’s talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

* the state of your health,

* the severity of your condition,

* an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

* the risks associated with doing nothing at all.
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And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

When it comes to treating carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery is often recommended after other therapies have failed.

If your carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to be caused by repetitive motion or prolonged holding of the wrist in awkward positions,

your doctor may first ask you to wear a specially designed protective brace.

Other alternatives to surgery may include medication, exercise and physical therapy. If none of these treatments improve your condition – or if the condition was triggered by a problem that does not respond to these therapies – your doctor may recommend surgery.

Because increased pain and further restriction of hand function are likely if the condition is left untreated.

Now I’d like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team — the nurse.

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