CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in the hand and wrist caused by excessive pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Compression of the nerve typically causes numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger. Pain in the hand and wrist may also occur. Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure that reduces the pressure on the median nerve to alleviate symptoms.
Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
3. Which type of repair will you perform and why is it the appropriate procedure for my condition?
4. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
5. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after surgery? When should they be removed?
6. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
7. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
8. Will I need to come back for appointments after the surgery?
9. Will I have scars? Are the results permanent?
10. Will I need physical therapy?