Carpal tunnel, also known as carpal tunnel syndrome, is a common condition that can occur when the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway inside your wrist, swells, affecting the nerves that run to your hand.
According to the NHS, this can cause aches in your fingers, hand and arm, along with numbness and pins and needles. It can also result in you experiencing weakness and difficulty gripping things, particularly with your thumb.
WHAT CAUSES CARPAL TUNNEL?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive movements causing pressure to be exerted on the median nerve in the wrist. This runs to your hand through a region called the carpal tunnel, which is located between your carpal bones on the outside of your wrist and the transverse carpal ligament across the palm side.
This area is small and inflexible, so if the region is crushed or becomes inflamed, the pressure affects the median nerve and stops it from properly sending signals to and from the hand.
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome can vary. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, these can include the sufferer having repetitively moved the hand or wrist over a long period, such as while conducting manual work or playing sport.
Poor hand and wrist position can be a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome too, as can hormone imbalances during pregnancy, and other health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid gland imbalance. Some people also genetically inherit a smaller, thinner carpal tunnel, which can make the condition more likely.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CARPAL TUNNEL?
The treatment for carpal tunnel depends on the severity of the syndrome and how often it occurs. If it’s your first time experiencing the issue or it very rarely happens, you may be able to let it heal naturally with moderate, conservative carpal tunnel treatment. This involves wearing a wrist splint for a month or so, taking painkillers if required, doing hand exercises, and avoiding the cause of the injury.
In more severe and recurrent cases, the treatment for carpal tunnel is surgery that can relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This procedure is sometimes called carpal tunnel release.
In the case of a carpal tunnel operation, your surgeon will begin by numbing your wrist with a local anaesthetic injection to minimise any pain. An incision is made in your hand and the ligament around the carpal tunnel is cut. This increases the size of the tunnel and therefore reduces pressure on the nerve. Your incision is then closed with stitches.
Carpal tunnel surgery can be conducted as an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home the same day.
What are the benefits of carpal tunnel treatment?
The benefits of carpal tunnel treatment include:
• Pain relief: If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, the pressure on the nerves and ligaments of your wrist can cause pain and discomfort, which carpal tunnel surgery can relieve.
• Improved hand function: Sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome can find that simple tasks like gripping, pointing and fine control are painful or difficult. Treatment means you can perform these simple but crucial tasks.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS WITH CARPAL TUNNEL SURGERY?
All surgical procedures carry risks. To know how significant they are and compare them with the impacts of doing nothing, you must understand them before you go ahead. In doing so, you can make a fully informed decision.
Generally, with carpal tunnel surgery, potential risks and complications include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, blood vessel damage and a sensitive scar. There may also be other risks due to any existing conditions you have.
We'll ensure you’re fully in the know during your carpal tunnel treatment consultations so you understand the risks. During these sessions, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions you have.
Is carpal tunnel surgery right for me?
You might consider carpal tunnel surgery if you are affected and concerned by the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, including pain, numbness and difficulty gripping.
To understand whether carpal tunnel treatment is the right course of action, our nurses and surgeons will assess your symptoms and provide advice on treatment during your free initial consultation, alongside any information you need to know to proceed.
Why choose The Hospital Group for carpal tunnel treatment?
For over 45 years, our expert nurses and General Medical Council (GMC) registered surgeons have helped people seeking private carpal tunnel syndrome treatment find solutions to their health problems and gain lasting improvements to their overall quality of life.
Every patient in our care comes first throughout every step of their carpal tunnel treatment journey. Our care is personalised to you and accounts fully for your wants and needs, ensuring it is the best it can be. And once you've had your treatment, our comprehensive aftercare ensures you have a smooth and fast recovery.
You'll receive your consultations and undergo your carpal tunnel operation in world-class medical facilities, all certified by the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Infection Society and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. Our state-of-the-art private hospital, Burcot Hall in Bromsgrove, is also supported by a nationwide network of clinics, so you can always count on great local service near you.
We treat customers with a range of budgets too. All our carpal tunnel surgery costs are clear and competitive, and flexible finance options are also commonly available.
CARPAL TUNNEL SURGERY COST AND FINANCE OPTIONS
As a responsible healthcare provider, we appreciate that each patient we see has their own specific requirements and so we'll tailor our treatment plans to your unique needs. It all starts with a free consultation, where we'll talk about the options that are suitable for you.
There are several finance options to help you meet the cost of your private carpal tunnel surgery, ranging from paying outright to spreading the cost over a number of years.
We know that deciding to have surgery is a major decision. Through creating your own bespoke treatment plan, we'll do all we can to make sure that it's right for your budget. We carry out all finance applications free of charge, and there's never any obligation to go ahead with treatment.
You can use our simple price check form to find out how much carpal tunnel treatment could cost. For more information about all our flexible finance plans, please visit our Pricing and Finance page.