Nerve Compression

Nerve Compression in Everett, Washington

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

This procedure is often performed to release tension or pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. When carpal tunnel syndrome occurs, the fingers often experience numbness, tingling sensations, or pain. An EMG is performed prior to surgery to diagnose and show the compression and its effects on the median nerve.

What to expect: During the office consultation you will discuss all aspects of the procedure with your surgeon in order to establish a thorough and well-informed plan. Your procedure will begin after consulting with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist or anesthetist about the anesthesia that is safest for you. Typical incisions are placed near the junction of the palm and wrist.

The recovery: Your postoperative course is monitored by your surgeon and the staff. Local anesthetic and pain medication are often used to manage any discomfort you might have after the operation. A gentle wrist wrap is placed after surgery. Early motion and use is allowed while lifting or rigorous activity is not recommended for 2 weeks.

Some of the unlikely complications: Rarely, the nerves can be damaged. Bleeding or infection are also unusual, but possible complications. Occasionally, delayed or no relief occurs due to longstanding or severe compression on the median nerve.

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