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Carpal tunnel operation

Tingling in the hand wakes you up at night, your fingers hurt and you can not really feel the things you touch ... You may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

This rather frequent affection affects between 3 and 16% of the population according to the studies and more particularly the women after 40 years.

At the origin of this pathology which can lead to a total loss of sensitivity in the fingers, compression of the median nerve at the level of the carpal tunnel (the passage between the wrist and the heel of the hand). This nerve, which descends along the arm to the hand, conducts the tenderness of the thumb, index, and middle finger, and controls the muscles of the base of the thumb.

To reduce the symptoms we will use anti-inflammatories or cortisone infiltrations. But the only effective treatment to permanently cure carpal tunnel syndrome is surgery. The objective of the carpal tunnel operation is to decompress the median nerve by cutting the ligament that covers it.

Before the operation

The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome was made through a clinical examination and sensitivity tests, performed by the doctor. Generally, it has been confirmed by an electromyogram or an ultrasound. An operation can then be considered. The patient makes an appointment with the surgeon who explains what the procedure is.
A few days before the day, he also meets the anesthetist who checks the absence of contraindication (taking anticoagulant ...).

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