Medical Text books suggest that you should not undergo any more than two Carpal Tunnel Surgeries in a life time. This is another reason to put off a surgical solution for as long as you can.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery gets a 50 to 60% success rate based on patient surveys and CTS symptoms come back within 6 months to 7 years after surgery for 85% of people.
Many patients ask: “Why would I take that risk for a condition that comes back even after Surgery?” Good question. Why would anybody take that risk if there are other clinically documented alternatives to Carpal Tunnel Surgery.
People with conditions like Arthritis find that the potential for excessive scar tissue formation is high. This makes the potential for complications much higher for the Carpal Tunnel Surgical procedure for people with Arthritis. CTS can get worse after surgery due to the formation of scar tissue.
Also, there are over 15 different contributing factors or causes for CTS. For people with autoimmune disorders, such as a thyroid condition or any other physiological condition that contributes to CTS, the time frame for the return of Carpal Tunnel Symptoms is reduced dramatically post-surgery. Carpal Tunnel Symptoms come back much more quickly after surgery under these conditions, making surgery a much more questionable option for treatment of Carpal Tunnel.
You can learn more about conditions that contribute to the rapid return of CTS: Carpal Tunnel Causes