Restore Your Day-to-Day Comfort With Carpal Tunnel Release in Thousand Oaks

If you're experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in your hand and wrist, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand through a narrow passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, becomes compressed or pinched. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive motions, such as typing or using a mouse, or by underlying health conditions like arthritis or diabetes.

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, doctors will typically want to have you try non-surgical treatments to see if they can alleviate your discomfort. However, if these treatments are ineffective, you may require a more definitive solution. At Elevate Plastic Surgery, hand specialist Dr. Paymon Rahgozar offers a life-changing procedure called carpal tunnel release. 

What Is Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?

Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure performed to eliminate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. During the surgery, the transverse carpal ligament, which is the thick band of tissue that runs across your wrist, is opened to relieve pressure on the median nerve. This nerve controls movement and sensation in your thumb and fingers, so when it's compressed, it can cause pain and discomfort.

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Benefits of Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel release is a powerful procedure that can provide patients with all of the following benefits:

  • Relief from carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, and pain
  • Improved hand and wrist functionality and mobility
  • Long-term results
  • Relatively short recovery period
  • Improved day-to-day comfort
  • Low risk of complications

What to Expect During Your Carpal Tunnel Release Procedure

If you believe that you could be a good candidate for carpal tunnel release surgery, you’ll first need to have a private consultation with Dr. Rahgozar. He will examine your hand and wrist and ask you questions about the symptoms you’ve experienced and past treatments you may have tried. He will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure and discuss your specific treatment options with you.

Typically, carpal tunnel release is performed as an outpatient procedure using sedation anesthesia, which means that you’ll be comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Rahgozar will make a small incision in your wrist and free the transverse carpal ligament to release the pressure on the median nerve. He will then close the incision with sutures and apply bandages as needed. After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room, where you will be monitored. After a couple of hours, you’ll be able to have a friend or family member drive you home.

Recovery After Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Immediately after surgery, you will likely have a bandage or dressing on your hand for the first few days. You may experience some mild pain or swelling in your hand and wrist after surgery. Dr. Rahgozar will prescribe pain medication to help manage your discomfort. During your recovery, it’s important to keep your hand and wrist elevated as much as possible to help reduce swelling. You may also need to perform exercises to help improve your range of motion and strength. Depending on the specifics of your job, you may be able to return to work approximately one to two weeks after carpal tunnel release surgery.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Carpal Tunnel Release?

Adults who are experiencing significant symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome could be good candidates for carpal tunnel release surgery. Usually, the procedure is best for individuals who have tried non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome without success.
Some factors that may make you a good candidate for carpal tunnel release include the following:

  • Severe or persistent symptoms that interfere with your daily activities or quality of life
  • Numbness or weakness in your hand or fingers
  • Worsening symptoms despite non-surgical treatments
  • Evidence of nerve compression on diagnostic tests
  • Presence of underlying conditions that increase your risk of nerve damage, such as diabetes or thyroid disorders

When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Rahgozar, he will evaluate the specific details of your situation to determine whether or not carpal tunnel release is the best choice for you. Ideal candidates for the surgery should also be in good physical health, not be currently pregnant or nursing, and have reasonable expectations for the results.

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Why Choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Release in Thousand Oaks?

At Elevate Plastic Surgery, your surgery for carpal tunnel release in Thousand Oaks will be performed by Dr. Paymon Rahgozar, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in procedures of the hand and wrist. Dr. Rahgozar, a highly respected, award-winning surgeon, has a wealth of expertise in hand surgeries. He and the rest of our knowledgeable staff at Elevate take pride in providing compassionate, high-quality care that’s personalized to the unique needs and goals of each individual patient. We will go above and beyond to ensure that you have a comfortable, low-stress experience that results in an improved quality of life. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Rahgozar, simply reach out to our office today.

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Carpal Tunnel Release FAQ

How long does carpal tunnel release surgery take?

How soon will I notice positive results from the procedure?

Is carpal tunnel release a permanent solution to carpal tunnel syndrome?

How long does carpal tunnel release surgery take?

Usually, carpal tunnel release is a relatively quick surgery. On average, the procedure takes only around 15 minutes to an hour to complete.

How soon will I notice positive results from the procedure?

Many patients feel an improvement in the numbness in their fingers within a few weeks. Depending on how advanced your carpal tunnel syndrome is, the weakness in your hand can take a few months to recover. Dr. Rahgozar will go over your specific case and expected recovery at the consultation.

Is carpal tunnel release a permanent solution to carpal tunnel syndrome?

It’s important to understand that every patient has a unique experience with carpal tunnel release surgery. Most patients, however, experience permanent relief from their symptoms that improve after surgery.

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