A carpal tunnel release procedure is one of the most common operations performed by Mr Durrant. This procedure may be performed openly or via endoscopy, which involves a small camera being inserted into the wrist through very small incisions into the skin.
The procedure used in carpal tunnel release surgery involves severing the ligament that creates the carpal tunnel. This is the ligament through which the median nerve runs from the inside forearm through the wrist and into the palm of the hand. This then releases the pressure on the median nerve. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the thumb, first and second finger, and part of the ring finger, as well as part of the palm of the hand. If symptoms persist for more than six months despite non-surgical treatment, surgery is usually performed.
With an endoscopic procedure a camera is inserted into the wrist, along with a small bladed instrument. The camera is placed so that Mr Durrant has a clear view of the inside space of the carpal tunnel. The blade is then inserted into the roof of the tunnel space and is used to cut a slit in the underside of the ligament. In an open carpal tunnel release the top of the ligament is exposed and is then cut from above. Both procedures are very effective at treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Once a patient has undergone carpal tunnel release surgery the likelihood of a complete recovery and no further symptoms experienced is very high.