Carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in Australia and is generally recommended if symptoms last for mroe than 6 months.
Due to the nature of both open release and endoscopic surgery there are a few complications that may result directly from the surgery. Some patients may have infection, nerve damage, joint stiffness, pain at the scar. There is occasionally a loss of strength at the wrist as the carpal ligament is cut.
Research has found that 90% of patients are able to return to their same jobs after surgery. They also found that in general, endoscopic techniques are as effective as open carpal surgeries although there is a faster recovery time with endoscopic procedures. This is felt to be offset by the higher complication rates associated with endoscopic surgery.
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