Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Carpal Tunnel Release or Carpal Tunnel Decompression is a surgical treatment for symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Hand Surgeon Mr Raj Bhatia specialises in performing Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. This minor hand surgery is a highly effective method of treatment for long term sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and can be performed at any of Raj’s Bristol based clinics.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common disorder. The symptoms include pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand, wrist, and fingers. The Carpal Tunnel is the narrow passageway into the hand for tendons and for the Median nerve, which is important in the control of sensation and movement in the hand. The cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is compression (squashing) of the nerve, usually due to swelling of the other tissues in the tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

This is a quick procedure, generally taking around 20 minutes. Normally only local anesthetic is used. The wrist surgery is performed by making a small incision (around 3-4 cm) in the base of the hand. This gives access to the Carpal Ligament which makes up the top of the Carpal Tunnel. Cutting this ligament provides more room in the tunnel, releasing the nerve and relieving symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Image from staff, “Blausen gallery 2014”, Wikiversity Journal of Medicine


The first few days after the wrist surgery the hand may be kept in a splint for protection. Patients should be able to return to work in around two weeks, even if this involves strenuous use of their hands and wrists.

Once the procedure is completed Raj’s hand clinics offer a range of post-operative care. There are very few complications for this form of hand surgery. There may be some tenderness felt on the small amount of scar tissues left by the incision. This is easily remedied through a range of exercises taught by specialist hand therapists that will supervise in post-operative care.