Nerve Decompression Surgery for Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Most everyone has felt a twinge in the wrist after spending a long time on the computer or performing some kind of repetitive task. Nerve disorders like carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome may start with mild discomfort, but over time, can interfere with both your life and work. And, while treatments like medication may help, sometimes surgery is determined to be the best option for longer-term relief.
At Uinta Medical Group, orthopedic specialist Dr. Micah Pullins has the skilled hands to help heal yours. He performs specialized nerve decompression procedures (also called carpal tunnel surgery). This minimally invasive procedure has been proven to relieve or eliminate carpal tunnel pain.
About Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when too much pressure is put on the median nerve, which runs through the wrist to the hand and fingers, causing it to narrow and swell. That pressure may be created by constant repetitive movements, including certain work activities, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism and even pregnancy.
Cubital tunnel syndrome involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve (also known as the “funny bone” nerve). Leaning on your elbow or keeping it bent for extended periods can contribute to the condition.
Both syndromes can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, weakness and/or sharp pain in the hands, wrists and arms. Without proper treatment, the conditions can get progressively worse.
If you’re dealing with severe carpal or cubital syndrome that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Dr. Pullins is specially trained in endoscopic nerve decompression. This technique requires just a single, small incision to insert a tiny camera to locate the source of the problem. Dr. Pullins then uses microsurgical instruments to alleviate the pressure while conserving surrounding nerves. It is typically performed under local anesthesia and allows you to go home the same day as surgery. Be sure to talk to your orthopedic specialist about the details of what will happen during the procedure and what kind of results can be expected.
Endoscopic nerve compression often offers a variety of benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including:
- Less post-operative pain
- Fewer risks and complications
- Faster recovery