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What is Open Carpal Tunnel Release?

Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is a surgical procedure used to treat and possibly heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. During the surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is dissected to widen the carpal tunnel and release the pressure on the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that limits mobility in the hand and arm. The condition is brought on when the median nerve in the hand is compressed by a narrowed Carpal Tunnel.

The Median nerve runs from the forearm to the fingertips; it facilitates most of the function in the arm. If the nerve is compressed, it cannot perform its natural function, which causes pain, fatigue, muscle cramps, and a loss of strength and coordination, among other problems.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can damage the mobility of the whole arm; it should be treated as soon as its diagnosed. If it is diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated through non-invasive methods. However, if the condition has progressed to a critical stage, than a surgical option is more suitable.


Who Needs Open Carpal Tunnel Release?

Open Carpal Tunnel Release surgery is prescribed to patients who were:

  • Diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Non-Invasive treatments such as rest, applying ice, wearing a splint, and steroid injections failed to treat the condition after 3 to 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome continue to worsen.

The doctor will also examine the presence of existing medical conditions in the patient before recommending surgery. If the patient has rheumatoid arthritis or other medical conditions, alternative surgery is recommended.

How is Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery Performed?

Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Barring complications, the patient can leave the hospital a few hours after the surgery.

You can expect the following from this Surgery:

  • The anesthesiologist administers local anesthesia to numb the hand and arm.
  • The surgeon makes a 2-inch incision on the wrist.
  • After making the incision, the surgeon is able to view the transverse carpal tunnel ligament.
  • The surgeon cuts through the ligament to widen the carpal tunnel and release pressure on the median nerve.
  • The instruments will be retracted, and the wound will be sutured closed.
  • Patient’s hand and arm will be wrapped in a heavy bandage, which is usually accompanied by a splint to provide support.

Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is a proven procedure that gives highly successful results. Patients report an 85-90% improvement in pain and functionality of the hand and arm.

Where should you get Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?

You can schedule an Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery at Complete Medical Wellness Center (CMW) in New Jersey. CMW is a medical facility, acknowledged for its premium services and empathetic patient care.

Our orthopedic department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which enables our board-certified surgeons to perform sophisticated surgeries with ease.

We are proud to boast a 90% success rate in all our surgical procedures. You will be provided:

  • A modern, comfortable medical facility.
  • Attentive staff.
  • Board-certified orthopedic surgeons.
  • A wide range of proven orthopedic treatments.
  • Diligent post-op care.


Finding a reliable surgeon can be exhausting. Let us help you find the right one for a Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery NJ for you or your loved one.

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How Long Does It Take to Recover From Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Open Carpal Tunnel Release Recovery period varies from patient to patient. Generally, the following timeline can be expected:

  • The wrist remains heavily bandaged for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, mobility, and function are limited in this period. The surgeon will encourage you to move your fingers to avoid stiffness.
  • Wounds generally heal within 3 to 4 weeks of surgery.
  • The bandage and splint are removed after the wound heals. This allows greater mobility and function
  • The surgeon will prescribe physical therapy exercises to regain complete mobility
  • You will regain full use of your arm after 6-8 months of surgery.

How Long Will My Fingers Feel Numb After Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

  • After the surgery, tingling sensations go away immediately.
  • Numbness takes time to slowly resolve, you can expect six to twelve months.

Does Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery Work?

  • Carpal tunnel surgery helps in relieving symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and can even make them disappear for good.
  • The surgery works, although if you have been ignoring your carpel tunnel syndrome for far too long, you may not get full results as compared to someone who acquired the timely treatment.

What Happens If You Ignore Carpal Tunnel?

  • If you ignore your carpal tunnel syndrome, it can lead to some serious nerve damage.
  • Tingling and numbness gets worse, lasts longer, and can wake you up at night.
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