The hand surgeon will inject a local anaesthetic at the wrist and hand.
Once the area is numb a small cut will be made in the base of the palm of your hand, about 1cm-1.5cm long. Through this incision, the surgeon will cut through the band of tissue on the carpal tunnel releasing the compression on the nerve. During the procedure, a blood pressure cuff will be inflated on the upper arm to reduce blood flow to the operating field.
The procedure takes on average 15 minutes.
Once the cut has been sutured and a dressing applied your doctor will go through the aftercare with you and arrange the follow-up appointments.