One of the more common procedures that Dr. John C. Kagan performs for patients in Southwest Florida is carpal tunnel surgery. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that arises from increased pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. Nine crucial tendons pass from the forearm to the hand in a space with the median nerve. This space is known as the carpal tunnel. If this area becomes swollen from inflammation or repetitive overuse it pressures the median nerve, which may lead to debilitating numbness, tingling sensations, and severe pain that can radiate throughout the hand and fingers usually involving the thumb, index finger, long finger, and half of the ring finger. Quite commonly it will awaken you from a sleeping state.
There are many common causes for carpal tunnel syndrome that can lead to surgery:
- Wrist Dislocation
- Wrist Fractures
- Fluid Retention during Pregnancy
With a vast amount of experience in this minimally invasive surgery, Dr. John C. Kagan will carefully examine your hand and determine if carpal tunnel surgery is right for you. In some cases, carpal tunnel surgery may not be necessary to alleviate the pain you are experiencing. Treating existing arthritis, splinting the wrist or even an ultrasound guided steroid injection may help reduce swelling and pain from the carpal tunnel area.