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Reconstructive Procedures

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome may want to consider hand reconstructive surgery. Symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome typically include pain, a tingling sensation, numbness of the fingers, weakness or aching in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be a result of repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel or rheumatoid arthritis. The pressure on the median nerve that results in the carpal tunnel must be relieved to repair this condition.

The Procedure
At Albany Medical Center, our plastic surgeons have performed numerous carpal tunnel surgeries from the simple to the most complex. Carpal tunnel surgeries are commonly open-release -- after a numbing agent is injected into the patient’s palm, an incision is made from the middle of the palm to the wrist, allowing access to the constricted tissue causing pressure on the nerve.

For more complex carpal tunnel surgeries, endoscopy equipment is available at Albany Medical Center to allow surgeons to get a detailed look into the hand. The result is optimal outcomes for patients.

The Recovery
Carpal tunnel surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis. After several weeks of recovery, patients report that symptoms are reduced significantly and their ability to function has improved dramatically. Although their grip strength is reduced after surgery, it usually rebounds within a few months. Patients are advised to stay out of work for about six weeks.