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Carpal Tunnel Release

Median Nerve

Carpal Tunnel Release

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Are you experiencing numbness or a tingling sensation in your hand or hands that gets worse with driving, typing, or performing repetitive tasks? Do you wake up at night with pain or numbness in your wrist and hands? These can be symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist which carries nerves and tendons to the hand. When the tunnel becomes swelled, it can cause great pain by putting pressure on the nerve. This may be the result of repetitive motions such as playing an instrument, using a computer keyboard, or styling hair.

Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you think you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, make an appointment to see Dr. Sammer so he can perform a thorough clinical examination. He may request a special test called an EMG, or an electrodiagnostic study.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Various options Dr. Sammer will discuss with you regarding treatment for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include:
  • Splinting/Support Brace: These are used for new and mild cases, and are used to provide stability and support to the affected area.
  • Steroid injection: A steroid injection is a quick in-office procedure in which an anti-inflammatory steroid, such as cortisone, is injected into a joint or tendon sheath. Patients will often experience pain relief for 4-6 months, and sometimes longer.
  • Surgery:  If the pain cannot be alleviated through non-invasive methods, Dr. Sammer may perform endoscopic (minimally invasive) or Open Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. This operation takes pressure off the median nerve where it is pinched at the wrist. Patients experience relief from the burning, pain, numbness and tingling.

Dr. Sammer’s Approach to Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Dr. Douglas Sammer is board-certified and fellowship-trained, which distinguishes his training and credentials from many other doctors. He has advanced knowledge of hand, finger, wrist, and elbow plastic surgery, and utilizes the most advanced treatment techniques available today. A consultation and physical examination can help point a way to the best approach to dealing with your specific Carpal Tunnel Release surgery.