What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist where several tendons and a nerve pass through to the hand. The median nerve passes through this tunnel to provide sensation to the fingers and thumb, as well as movement to the thumb. A thick band of tissue acts as the roof to the carpal tunnel, and for various reasons the median nerve can become compressed inside the carpal tunnel. This can lead to pins-and-needles in the fingers and thumb, pain at the wrist, and weakness of the thumb. All of these symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to a loss of grip strength and hand function.

How is it treated non-operatively?

In mild cases, carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed with splints and activity modification. Occasionally a selective injection of corticosteroid can be trialled.

How is it treated operatively?

In severe cases or where non-operative management has been unsatisfactory for you, then Dr Yu may recommend surgery. This operation is performed with a keyhole (endoscopic) technique to release the thick roof of the carpal tunnel and relieve the pressure on the median nerve. This keyhole technique allows a quicker improvement in function and return to work.

My goals as a surgeon are to relieve your pain, restore your function, and return you back to doing what you love.

– Dr Raymond Yu

  • Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Adelaide Shoulder Surgeon

Dr Raymond Yu

Dr Raymond Yu is an Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon with post-Fellowship expertise in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
He specialises in orthopaedic surgery of the Shoulder and Upper Limb with a focus on modern keyhole and minimally-invasive techniques.
Dr Yu has a special passion for:

  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder stabilisation surgery

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