About Carpal Tunnel
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can affect one or both wrists.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually start gradually and mostly affects the thumb, index and middle fingers.
The common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:
- weakness and/or numbness in the hand
- pins and needles
- reduced grip
- radiating pain into the hand and fingers
These symptoms may be worse at night and with driving or gripping objects.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be diagnosed by your clinical symptoms and confirmed by Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography performed generally by a Neurologist. An ultrasound may also be ordered.
Risks & Concerns
Risks of carpal tunnel surgery include:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Need for further surgery
- Failure to relieve symptoms
- Worsening pain
- Neurovascular deficit or injury
- Risk of anaesthetic
If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Mr. Lawson-Smith’s staff with ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.
If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.