Carpal tunnel syndrome is a fairly common issue that can hinder the overall function of the fingers and hands. While some cases of carpal tunnel may be mild, if left untreated the damage caused can continue to increase results in further loss of function. Dr. David T. Morwood specializes in surgery of the hand and can use his expert skill to help treat your carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is a passageway through the wrist carrying tendons and one of the hand’s major nerves. Pressure may build up within the tunnel because of disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis), injury, fluid retention during pregnancy, overuse, or repetitive motions. The resulting pressure on the nerve within the tunnel causes a tingling sensation in the hand, often accompanied by numbness, aching, and impaired hand function. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The first step is to properly diagnose the issue. Electrical diagnostic studies may be used to help determine the degree of nerve damage. In mild or moderate cases of carpal tunnel, splinting of the hand and anti-inflammatory medications can relieve the problem. If this doesn’t work or in the cases of severe carpal tunnel, surgery may be required.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
In the operation, the surgeon makes an incision from the middle of the palm to the wrist. He or she will then cut the tissue that’s pressing on the nerve, in order to release the pressure. A large dressing and splint are used after surgery to restrict motion and promote healing. The scar will gradually fade and become barely visible. The results of the surgery will depend in part on how long the condition has existed and how much damage has been done to the nerve. For that reason, it’s a good idea to see a doctor early if you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Cost of Carpal Tunnel Surgery
The cost of your carpal tunnel surgery in Monterey can vary based on multiple factors. During your consultation with Dr. Morwood, he can go over the expected cost of your carpal tunnel surgery and let you know about the financing options we offer.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. MORWOOD
Dr. Morwood is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been fellowship-trained in the fields of microsurgery and hand surgery. Dr. Morwood can take the time to properly diagnose your carpal tunnel in order to determine the best course of action for your treatment. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Please call (831) 646-8661 to set up a consultation.