Carpal tunnel syndrome – median nerve compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common compression neuropathy and is caused by mechanical pressure on the central nerve – n. median. It is characterized by a feeling of tingling and pain in the first three (and a half) fingers of the hand. The treatment is usually surgical, and involves nerve decopression. The operation is performed under regional anesthesia, which involves anesthetizing the arm being operated on. Less commonly, surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The incision is made on the wrist palm, and the sutures are removed 12 to 14 days after the operation. In more severe cases, a physical treatment may be recommended after the surgery. It is common for patients to feel relief and reduction of discomfort in the first few days after the operation.