Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may become irreversible if left untreated. In some cases, surgery may be required and Dr Edinburg can help. He is a plastic surgeon highly experienced at correcting carpal tunnel.


Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery Sydney

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an uncomfortable and debilitating condition that causes pain, tingling, or weakness, mainly in the hand, fingers and forearm. These symptoms are caused by compression of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm and into the hand via a small passageway (the carpal tunnel). What causes compression of the median nerve is unclear in many cases, although factors that are known to increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A family history of carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • Being female – women aged 40-60 have the highest risk;
  • Pregnancy (symptoms usually subside after delivery);
  • Certain health conditions, including diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis;
  • Obesity;
  • Wrist injuries;
  • Occupations that involve strenuous, repetitive work with the hands, or the regular use of vibrating power tools.

If left untreated, the problems caused by carpal tunnel syndrome will likely worsen and may even become irreversible if long-term damage is done to the median nerve. Therefore if you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

A number of treatment options are available for carpal tunnel syndrome, and not everyone needs surgery. Self-help (including rest and cold compress), medication, and wrist splints (wearing carpal tunnel splints at night helps to keep the wrist in a neutral position, thereby relieving pressure on the median nerve) may be useful in milder cases. However if surgery is necessary, Dr Edinburg is an expert plastic surgeon, and is highly experienced at surgically correcting carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Treatment involves releasing the carpal ligament in order to relieve pressure on the median nerve. As with all our procedures, you will be ensured the highest level of personal care and professionalism, to help you achieve the best result possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Surgery may be appropriate if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr Edinburg will carry out a full assessment to determine whether Carpal Tunnel Treatment is necessary, and if so, which type of procedure is best for you.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment typically takes around 45 minutes. However the exact timing depends on the procedure Dr Edinburg decides is most suitable for you.

This depends upon the procedure. Carpal Tunnel Treatment can be done at the Eden Institute under local anaesthetic and sedation, or under general anaesthetic in hospital.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may be relieved shortly after surgery, though full recovery normally takes around four to six weeks.

Interested in our carpal tunnel hand surgery? Contact the Eden Institute; we are conveniently located in Baulkham Hills, Chatswood and Richmond in Sydney.

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