Understanding Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery and Its Benefits

Woman holding wrist in pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a neurological disorder, occurs when the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the palm is compressed at the wrist. This can result in symptoms such as numbness, weakness, pain in the hand and wrist, and swelling of the fingers, which can significantly impact an individual's daily functioning.

There are over 3 million cases in the U.S. every year. Unfortunately, once diagnosed with carpal tunnel, the syndrome will stay with you unless treated. Although your doctor may try non-surgical treatments, a hand and wrist procedure called carpal tunnel release surgery may be a good option to relieve pain.

At IMC Bone Doc, our team of board-certified surgeons is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. With immediate appointment availability at one of our seven conveniently located offices in New York City and Long Island, patients can receive prompt and effective medical treatment.

We understand that navigating insurance and workers' compensation can be challenging, which is why we accept insurance coverage and work with workers' compensation insurance for those injured on the job. To learn more about how IMC Bone Doc can help, we invite you to contact us online or by telephone.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

It's important to note that a combination of factors can cause CTS. Therefore, if you experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, it's important to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Common factors that can cause carpal tunnel include:

Repetitive motions

Repetitive movements of the wrist and hand, such as typing, using tools, or playing musical instruments, can increase pressure on the median nerve and cause CTS.

Health conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders, can increase the risk of developing CTS.


Pregnant women may develop CTS due to fluid retention, which can increase pressure on the median nerve.


Fractures or other injuries to the wrist can increase the risk of developing CTS. For example, if you break your wrist in a car accident or while on the job, you may be at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Anatomic variations

Some individuals may have anatomic variations that increase their risk of developing CTS, such as a small carpal tunnel or an enlarged ligament.

What is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Carpal tunnel release surgery, also known as carpal tunnel decompression surgery, is performed to relieve pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve runs through a narrow passageway in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. When the median nerve becomes compressed, it can cause symptoms.

Medical illustration vector of a carpal tunnel syndrome with median nerve compression

The surgery involves making an incision in the palm of the hand, through which the transverse carpal ligament, which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel, is cut. This relieves pressure on the median nerve and increases the size of the carpal tunnel. The procedure is usually performed under local or regional anesthesia and can be done on an outpatient basis.

What are the benefits of carpal tunnel release surgery

The benefits of carpal tunnel release surgery include:

Relief of Symptoms

The primary benefit of carpal tunnel release surgery is the relief of symptoms caused by CTS. Most patients experience significant improvement or complete resolution of their symptoms after the surgery.

Improved Functionality

By relieving pressure on the median nerve, carpal tunnel release surgery can improve hand, wrist, and finger functionality, allowing patients to perform day-to-day tasks more effectively.

Reduced Pain

Many patients experience reduced pain and improved comfort in the hand and wrist after the surgery.

Improved Quality of Life

By relieving the symptoms of CTS, carpal tunnel release surgery can significantly improve a patient's quality of life.

Talk to an orthopedic surgeon about relieving your pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be painful and debilitating, but you don't have to keep suffering. To ensure a thorough understanding of all available treatment options, consulting with an experienced orthopedic surgeon is essential.

At IMC Bone Doc, our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons are equipped to diagnose and treat CTS. Each of our seven offices is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Our doctors often have immediate appointment availability, including same-day appointments in some cases. If you have symptoms of carpal tunnel, schedule an appointment with us today.

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