The approach to treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity and duration of symptoms and associated debility, as well on the degree of damage to the nerve based on the nerve conduction study. Generally, a trial of conservative treatment is attempted initially, and can help improve symptoms. Those include activity modification, bracing designed to keep the wrist straight and oral anti-inflammatory medication. If these approaches do not lead to resolution of symptoms, operative treatment can be considered. Surgery involves a carpal tunnel release or decompression, which means freeing up the median nerve by splitting open the transverse carpal ligament and removing any tissues that contribute to the pressure on the nerve.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka brings added expertise in minimally invasive treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, facilitating your return to pain-free function. This procedure is an outpatient/same-day surgery, and is done through a ½ inch incision, leading to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to normal function.