CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE
PHOENIX & GILBERT, AZ

Carpal Tunnel Surgery in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ cities
Individuals with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) suffer from multiple symptoms, ranging from numbness, tingling, pain in the fingers and thumb, and sometimes even reduced grip strength and hand weakness. This occurs due to pressure on the median nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand. If left untreated for too long, CTS can result in permanent dysfunction, including weakness and lost sensation in the fingers. Phoenix AZ plastic surgeon Dr. LaBarbera is a leading specialist in Carpal Tunnel release (minimally invasive) surgery and other types of corrective hand surgery. The surgeon focuses on relieving pressure on the median nerve in order to alleviate pain, discomfort, and other symptoms of this condition. This enables patients to resume normal activities and enjoy a higher quality of life within a few weeks. Through this and other advanced reconstructive hand surgeries, Dr. LaBarbera has helped countless men and women prevent severe dysfunction and recover full functioning of their hands.

WHAT CAUSES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

CTS is often caused by overuse of the hands and wrists, such as typing for long periods of time. To avoid CTS, it is important that you take regular breaks, practice good posture, and keep your wrists in a neutral position while typing or doing other activities.

BENEFITS

Many of Dr. LaBarbera’s patients who receive this type of hand surgery enjoy unique benefits and a dramatic improvement in their quality of life.

  • Improved hand strength and flexibility
  • Better grip and pinch strength
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Reduced the risk of more serious conditions such as arthritis

TYPES OF CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE

Dr. LaBarbera specializes in a number of carpal tunnel release techniques in order to suit the needs of different patients:

OPEN RELEASE SURGERY

This is the traditional form of carpal tunnel release surgery. The surgeon makes an incision in the palm of the hand and uses it to cut the transverse carpal ligament in order to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

ENDOSCOPIC RELEASE SURGERY

Type of carpal tunnel release surgery requires two small incisions on the hand. The surgeon will then insert an endoscope through one of the incisions and then cut the transverse carpal ligament to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

LASER RELEASE SURGERY

This type of carpal tunnel release surgery uses a laser to reduce pressure on the median nerve. A small incision is made in the palm of the hand and a laser is then used to cut the transverse carpal ligament and reduce pressure.

PERCUTANEOUS RELEASE SURGERY

This technique requires no incisions. The surgeon will insert a needle through the skin and use it to cut the transverse carpal ligament and reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Schedule your Procedure in Phoenix AZ

Dr. LaBarbera is a highly skilled carpal tunnel surgeon who has worked with countless other patients in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding Az areas. The surgeon takes each patient case as unique and works to formulate a highly individualized treatment plan for you. Dr. LaBarbera is also supported by a team of highly trained and professional staffers who care about your safety and well-being. Get in touch with the surgeon’s office for the best carpal tunnel release surgery in Phoenix Az.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During your carpal tunnel release procedure in Phoenix Az, Dr. LaBarbera will make a small incision along the palm side of the wrist. The surgeon will then release the median nerve from the carpal ligament and other surrounding tissues to reduce pressure on the nerve. After the procedure, a bandage or splint will be applied to the wrist to help with healing and to provide additional support. You’ll be allowed to go home for recovery shortly after the procedure is complete. It’s important to make sure you have someone to drive you home and help out with some basic tasks while you recuperate.

RECOVERY AFTER YOUR CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE

The recovery process after your carpal tunnel surgery in Phoenix Az may typically involve wearing a wrist splint to immobilize the wrist and prevent any further damage. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and take it easy. You should also do physical therapy exercises to help regain strength and flexibility. With patience and consistency, you can expect to make a full recovery in about 4 – 6 weeks.

COST OF CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE

The cost of carpal tunnel release surgery can vary widely depending on the type of procedure, the location of the surgery, and other patient-specific factors. On average, though, you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 for this corrective hand surgery. Most health insurers will cover this procedure because it is considered to be a medical necessity.
CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones found at the base of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve (which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand) and that results in pain and a myriad of other symptoms. Compression of this nerve may result from a variety of factors including repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, overuse of the hand, wrist fractures, arthritis, tumors, and other health conditions. It can also be caused by swelling due to pregnancy or other medical issues.
Carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed to widen the carpal tunnel and relieve pressure on the median nerve (that passes through the carpal tunnel). This procedure is usually done to treat symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and wrists. Many Arizona patients who receive this treatment restore normal hand function and enjoy an improved quality of life.
The most common symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and wrists. If you are experiencing these symptoms and they are not getting better with other treatments, such as physical therapy, you may need a carpal tunnel release. It is important to speak with your doctor about your symptoms so you can get the appropriate medical direction.
The carpal tunnel release procedure is typically done with a local anesthetic and takes about 15 minutes to complete. During the procedure, Dr. LaBarbera will make a small incision in your wrist and then divide the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve. This will create more space in the carpal tunnel and relieve the pressure on the nerve.
Recovery time after a carpal tunnel release can vary from person to person. Generally, you can expect to be in a splint for up to six weeks after the procedure and you may need to wear a wrist brace for several weeks after that. It’s common to experience some pain and swelling for several weeks and will be asked to avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks after the procedure.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with carpal tunnel release. These risks include infection, nerve damage, and stiffening of the wrist joint. If you are worried about these risks, make sure to let Dr. LaBarbera know so he can clarify them before you move on with the surgery.
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