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Carpal Tunnel Release

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in the wrist through which the nerve and tendons that enable the fingers to bend pass. If the carpal tunnel becomes swollen, it encroaches on the nerve within the passage and causes pain and weakness in the hand. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Usually, non-operative techniques are first used to address carpal tunnel syndrome. However, if these techniques prove ineffective, a carpal tunnel release may be performed. During a carpal tunnel release, anesthesia is administered to the patient and a small cut is made in the patient’s palm, through which part of the ligament forming the roof of the carpal tunnel is removed, thereby alleviating pressure on the nerve.

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