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Peripheral Nerve Surgeries

CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE

Overview:
Carpal tunnel release surgery is the most common surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. This surgery involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist to relieve the pressure on the median nerve that is causing pain, numbness, and tingling.

Procedure:
This surgery is not performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia. There is a small incision in the palm of the affected hand near the wrist. The surgeon will cut the transverse carpal ligament. Sometimes tissue around the nerve is removed as well. The incision is closed with sutures. This surgery can take as little as 15 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis.

This surgery can be performed at Cheyenne Surgical Center.

Post-Op Care:
You will be encouraged to use the surgical hand, however, you will be placed on lifting, pulling restrictions of 20 lbs or less.

Showering/Bathing:
You can shower immediately following surgery, however, bathing is not recommended until the sutures are removed. The incision will need to be covered when taking a shower. You will be sent home with hospital gloves to use when showering at home.


ULNAR NERVE DECOMPRESSION

Overview:
An ulnar nerve decompression is performed when the ulnar nerve becomes entrapped at the elbow. The pressure will need to be relieved from the ulnar nerve to eliminate pain, numbness, and tingling.

Procedure:
This surgery is performed under local anesthesia. A small incision (approximately 1.5 inches) is made at the elbow area. The ulnar nerve is released from all areas of compression. The incision is closed with sutures. This surgery takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.

This surgery can be performed at the Cheyenne Surgical Center.

Post-Op Care: You will be encouraged to utilize range of motion of your elbow, however, you will have some restrictions................

Showering/Bathing:
You can shower immediately following surgery, however, bathing is not recommended until the sutures are removed. The incision will need to be covered when taking a shower.

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