Nerve Decompression Surgery
Nerve disorders like carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome may start with mild discomfort, but over time, can interfere with both your life and work. And, while treatments like medication may help, sometimes surgery is your best solution for long-term relief.
At Barstow Community Hospital, board-certified orthopedic surgeons have the skilled hands to help heal yours. We specialize in nerve decompression (also called carpal tunnel surgery)—a minimally invasive procedure that may relieve or eliminate your condition and get you back to living and feeling your best.
About Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when too much pressure is put on the median nerve, which runs through the wrist to the hand and fingers, causing it to narrow and swell. That pressure may be created by constant repetitive movements, including certain work activities, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism and even pregnancy.
Cubital tunnel syndrome involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve (also known as the “funny bone” nerve). Leaning on your elbow or keeping it bent for extended periods, like during sleep, can contribute to the condition.
Both syndromes can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, weakness and/or sharp pain in the hands, wrists and arms. Without proper treatment, the conditions can get progressively worse.
Relief Starts Here
If you’re dealing with severe carpal or cubital syndrome that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Barstow Community Hospital surgeons are specially trained in endoscopic nerve decompression. This technique requires just a single, small incision to insert a tiny camera to locate the source of the problem. Your surgeon then uses microsurgical instruments to alleviate the pressure while conversing surrounding nerves. It is typically performed under local anesthesia and allows you to go home the same day as surgery.
Endoscopic nerve compression often offers a variety of benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including:
- Less post-operative pain
- Fewer risks and complications
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to function and the life you love
Following surgery, a licensed physical and occupational therapists will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation program. The goal is to help you regain hand strength, function and comfort. We also place special focus on education to help you get back to work and your normal routine without re-aggravating the condition.
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