Carpal Tunnel Question:
“If I have Arthritis, Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery A Good Option?
If Not, What is the Best Way to Treat Carpal Tunnel when I have both conditions?”
Benjamin – Houston, Texas
Carpal Tunnel Answer by Doctors:
Carpal Tunnel Surgery is a treatment option that should be weighed carefully before proceeding for anyone. This is because Patients report an overall Carpal Tunnel Surgery success rate of less than 60%. Also, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) comes back even after a successful surgery for 85% of people within 6 months to 8 years. Second Surgeries have a lower success rate in the range of 35 – 45%. These rates are spread over patients of all types with all kinds of contributing factors.
However, when a person has arthritis of any kind, Carpal Tunnel Surgery is a questionable treatment option at best for CTS. This is due to the high potential for scar tissue formation post-surgery during the healing process. There are so many small bones in the hand and wrist all held carefully together and cushioned from one another with soft tissue.