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Procedure - Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If you have persistent tingling or numbness in your hand and arm, it is possible that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is often caused by repetitive motions on the hands and wrists (including typing or driving), general health problems, or the anatomy of your wrist.

The most common symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome are:

  • Tingling and/or numbness: Carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms start slowly, but most people will notice an increasing amount of tingling or numbness in their thumb, middle fingers, and pointer fingers. Sometimes the feeling is almost like an electric shock running from the fingertips, through the wrist, and up the arms. Over time, the tingling can turn into more permanent numbness and nerve damage.

  • Weakness: Carpal tunnel syndrome can also make the muscles of the hand weak enough to where you frequently drop things or cannot lift common objects.

While there are many different treatment options for patients in Utah, Ogden Clinic specialists often turn to endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery as it is non-invasive and highly-effective. Since the symptoms of carpal tunnel will only get worse over time, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

How It Works

Carpal tunnel is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm through the carpal tunnel in your wrist. Repetitive motion, injuries, and genetic disposition can all affect a patient’s chances of developing the syndrome.

A popular treatment at Ogden Clinic in Utah is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. This is a non-invasive procedure which does not require general anesthesia. To release pressure on the median nerve, your doctor will cut small incision in your wrist or hand to insert a small-device with a camera on it, known as an endoscope. This device allows the doctor to see into the carpal tunnel and cut the ligament causing the strain on the median nerve. Following the procedure, the ligament will slowly start to regrow, while leaving room for the nerve.

If you are ready to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome in Utah, contact the specialists at Ogden Clinic about our endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. We would be happy to review the severity of your symptoms and help you with a treatment plan, before the nerve damage gets any worse.

Brett  Richards, MD, Orthopedics, Hand & Upper Extremity,  Professional Center South

Richards, Brett, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT