Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

Also known as: Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome are treated without surgery. Surgery is considered only when:
  • Symptoms have not improved after a long period of nonsurgical treatment. In general, surgery is not considered until after 3 to 12 months of nonsurgical treatment. But this assumes that you are having ongoing symptoms but no sign of nerve damage.
  • Nerve damage would make surgery more urgent. Severe symptoms restrict normal daily activities, such as when there is a persistent loss of feeling or coordination in the fingers or hand, no strength in the thumb, or when sleep is severely disturbed by pain.
  • There is damage to the median nerve (shown by nerve test results and loss of hand, thumb or finger function) or a risk of damage to the nerve.