Carpal Tunnel Surgery for Patients in Reno, NV
Carpal tunnel surgery is an option for patients in Reno, Nevada thanks to Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons, who can help to determine your best treatment options, including whether you may be a candidate for this procedure.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that often impacts the sufferer’s daily life. It occurs when the carpal tunnel, which connects your forearm to your hand, becomes compressed. This narrow passageway is made up of bones, tendons, and ligaments, and also contains the median nerve. When the carpal tunnel decreases in size, it places pressure on the median nerve, causing pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected hand and arm.
A variety of factors can lead to compression around the carpal tunnel, including the following:
- Repetitive hand or wrist movements
- Wrist injuries
- Fluid retention (common in pregnancy and menopause)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid disorders
- Kidney failure
Because repetitive hand and wrist movements are known to cause carpal tunnel syndrome, this condition is especially common among people who work in an office and have to type or use a computer mouse on a daily basis.
Many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated using nonsurgical methods including icing, splinting, nerve-gliding exercises, and corticosteroid injections. For those patients with more severe cases, however, Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic also offers relief through carpal tunnel surgery.
The orthopedic surgeons at our Reno, NV location have extensive experience with carpal tunnel surgery. By dividing the swollen ligament, we can attempt to increase the size of the carpal tunnel and create a “release,” thereby relieving pressure on the nerve that is causing pain. This procedure can often be done on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients may not require an overnight stay at the hospital.
If you are experiencing the above symptoms and suspect that you may require carpal tunnel surgery, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV location so that we may help you determine your best course of treatment moving forward.