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Carpal Tunnel Decompression2023-12-06T10:18:45+00:00

Carpal Tunnel Decompression

Carpal tunnel decompression occurs when a nerve in your wrist is compressed. At the bottom of the carpal tunnel are bones, and at the top is a ligament. Symptoms result from pressure inside the carpal tunnel.

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About Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery

Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery is the treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome that occurs when there is pressure exerted on the median nerve whilst it is passing through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This can cause the median nerve to swell and get inflamed, leading to tenderness, numbness, and tingling in the hand. Once the pressure is released the inflammation will subside and the symptoms will disappear.

Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Time:
15-30 minutes

Return to Work:
1-2 weeks

Full Recovery:
12 weeks


On The Day Of Your Surgery:

Surgery is used when other treatments such as splinting, steroid injection, etc have failed. Carpal tunnel decompression is performed as an outpatient surgery under local anaesthesia meaning that you can go back home right after your procedure.

Your surgeon will numb the area and release the median nerve by cutting the transverse carpal ligament. The surgery takes approximately 15-30 minutes.

A sensitive scar could be present for several months. It can take weeks or months to fully heal.

Common causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Previous wrist fractures
  • Frequently using vibrating tools like operating heavy machinery
  • Some medications
  • Excessive computer use
Carpal Tunnel decompression

Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery Prices

The price for carpal tunnel decompression surgery is £900 for one hand and £1100 for both hands.

For a no obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please find your nearest Signature Clinic and book in for free consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Your requirements are discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.

Next Steps

Find out more about the procedure and treatment with a free no obligation consultation. To meet with one of our surgeons and receive free expert advice tailored to your needs, please call us or book your free consultation using our quick online form.

Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery FAQ

What type of anaesthesia is given during surgery?2021-09-08T16:26:26+01:00

We perform all our treatments under local anaesthesia.

When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?2021-09-08T16:34:08+01:00

Follow the procedure you can go back to a desk job within 1 week. For any physical jobs we advise you to take 2-3 weeks if your work entails heavy lifting of manual labour.

How long does it take to heal?2023-08-08T14:01:15+01:00
  • Office desk work: 2-3 days.
  • Driving: 5 days usually.
  • Play sports around 2-3 weeks.
  • Heavy manual work: 5-6 weeks.


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