Individuals living with carpal tunnel syndrome often experience pain, numbness, and tingling in their hands and fingers. While there are many nonsurgical treatment options, these may not always work for more severe cases. Carpal tunnel surgery in St. Petersburg can help to address these symptoms for a better quality of life.

What is Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Carpal tunnel surgery is done to relieve the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is caused by excess pressure on the wrist and the median nerve. Inflammation can lead to swelling and obstructed blood flow. There are many conditions that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome including diabetes, fluid retention, rheumatoid arthritis, positioning of the wrists white using a keyboard of mouse, prolonged exposure to vibrations from using power tools, and more. Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome may weaken the muscles of your wrists and hands, which is why surgery may be needed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and have pain, tingling, or numbness that does not go away or improve within six months or you find it hard to grip, grasp, or pinch objects like you used to, you may be a good candidate for carpal tunnel surgery. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through an in-office consultation appointment.

The Carpal Tunnel Procedure

The carpal tunnel surgery procedure is performed under local anesthesia and general anesthesia. During the procedure, an incision will be made at the base of the palm of the hand. This allows for Dr. Newman to clearly see the transverse carpal ligament. He will then cut the ligament, which releases pressure on the median nerve, reliving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The incision is then closed with stitches. The hand will be wrapped, and patients will be able to return home after surgery.

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I love the way I look!! Dr. Newman and staff took the time to help me feel comfortable about my procedure. I am extremely happy I had my surgery. All of my pain I was having went away with surgery. Dr. Newman is extremely professional and has great bedside manners. I had an awesome outcome and also an awesome experience.

Downtime and Recovery

Following this procedure, pain, swelling, and stiffness are to be expected. Soreness may last for a few weeks to a few months after surgery. Your bandaging will stay in place for 1-2 weeks. You may be given hand exercises to complete during recovery to keep your fingers from getting stiff. You will slowly be able to return to normal activities such as driving and writing. Dr. Newman will instruct you on when you can return to work.

If you are dealing with the symptoms of carpal tunnel surgery and are ready to make a change, contact our St. Petersburg office today to schedule your carpal tunnel surgery consultation with Dr.  Newman.