Risks and Complications of Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Surgery is routine for Surgeons and they become accustom to the risks and tend to minimize the risks of surgery when they talk to patients. It is only natural, it is human nature to minimize the risks a person deals with on a daily basis. Airline pilots do it, big mountain skiers do it and so do hand surgeons.
However, there are well documented risks of any surgical procedure. These are divided into two categories Life Threatening Risks and Other Specific Risks of Carpal Tunnel Surgery:
Patients considering this surgery should go into the procedure with their eyes wide open to the potential risks.
Life Threatening Risks Associated with Any Surgical Procedure:
- Reactions to Anesthesia,
- Blood Clots that lead to
- Heart Attacks,
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Lung Damage
- Excessive Bleeding which can require blood Transfusions resulting in blood pressure cycling and stress on the heart.
These risks are higher for people in certain categories like those on blood thinner medication, who have to stop taking their blood thinner medication about a week before the surgical procedure. If you are on blood thinners, you should avoid any elective surgery, like Carpal Tunnel Surgery, if at all possible. There are 100,000 deaths associated with blood clots each year.
Specific Risks of Carpal Tunnel Surgery:
The Transverse Carpal Ligament – the largest and strongest ligament in the hand wrist area – is severed during Carpal Tunnel Surgery to relieve pressure on the Median Nerve.
- Permanent loss of grip strength is common with Carpal Tunnel Surgery.
- Permanent Tenderness at the point of incision is also common.
- Some people experience permanent loss of Hand Dexterity and Fine Motor Skills.
- Extended rehab periods are common. Rehabilitation runs from six weeks to over a year for some patients to regain functionality of their hands and wrists.
- Scar Tissue Development which can increase pressure on the nerve and make CTS worse after surgery than it was before.
- Permanent Nerve Damage can occur if the scalpel touches the Median Nerve which runs just under the Transverse Carpal Ligament, causing permanent nerve damage. Damage to the tendons, muscles and other soft tissue that run just under the Transverse Carpal Ligament.
- Palmar Cutaneous Neuromas is one of the most common complications found in a 12 year study at the University of Michigan Medical School. This is a benign growth that appears on the Median Nerve post-surgery. When touched or any pressure is applied it radiates electric like sensations and burning pain sensation including numbness and tingling, but this time it is not coming from pressure on the Median Nerve in the Carpal Tunnel – it radiates from the benign growth on the nerve.
- Dysesthesias from Multiple Release Operations
- Stiffness of hand and wrist joint
- Loss of Range of Motion in wrist and with thumb
- Failure to relieve Symptoms
- Radial Sensory Neuroma
- The need for a repeat surgery even after a successful Carpal Tunnel Surgical Procedure, because there is no permanent fix for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Second surgeries with any surgical procedure carry much more risks and are more complicated to perform due to scar tissue formation and loss of structural strength of the surrounding tissue from the original surgery.
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
One person after being relieved from their Carpal Tunnel prison said,
“I feel like an enormous weight has been lifted from my life. I feel empowered and able to do the things I need and love to do without limitations. It is such an exhilarating feeling to be free of the nagging symptoms of Carpal Tunnel without the costs, downtime and risks of surgery.
I have so many friends and colleagues who have tried surgery or steroid injections with bad results, I was afraid to go that direction. Now with the Carpal Solution I can do whatever I want to do with confidence knowing that if my symptoms return, I can quickly bring them under control without any hassles or worries. It is a great feeling to have an all natural solution to CTS.“
When there are clinically documented treatments that do not carry any of these risks, there is no reason to consider Carpal Tunnel Surgery until you have exhausted the safe and non-invasive treatments that are clinically documented. The Carpal Solution is clinically documented, safe and convenient and works for 97% of people. Neurologists say it is the best first line treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The good news is that there is an alternative medical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that was developed by doctors is clinically documented to work for a high percentage of patients, is FDA registered and has been used by over 60,000 people.
It is called the Carpal Solution Therapy. If your doctor thinks you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or is suggesting Carpal Tunnel Surgery – Given the risks and potential complications, and the low success rate based on patient surveys, you should look into the Carpal Solution Therapy, before you schedule surgery.
The Carpal Solution alternative to surgery is Self-Applied Before Retiring to Bed in Three Easy Steps
The Carpal Solution is a Better First Line of Defense for CTS. What people love about the Carpal Solution is that it is so simple and convenient. It allows them to control their Carpal Tunnel Symptoms conveniently and cost effectively relying on their body’s natural healing process, in the comfort of their own home. The Carpal Solution gently stretches simultaneously at three key points on the palm surrounding the carpal tunnel during sleep. Consistent gentle pulling action applied for 6 to 8 hours while the hand is relaxed, gently stretches and reshapes the soft fascia tissue around the carpal tunnel relieving pressure on the Median Nerve.
There is an old adage that gentle pressure consistently applied is the key to solving most problems in life. This describes the power behind Carpal Solution Therapy. Over the Six Week Protocol The Carpal Solution puts Carpal Tunnel Syndrome into remission naturally and non-invasively – without the risky outcomes and long rehabs associated with surgery, the complications of oral pain medication or the downside of steroid injections or the risk of muscle atrophy so common with conventional rigid hand braces and restrictive splints.
Carpal Solution combines gentle soft tissue stretching and reshaping at night during sleep with active use during the day. This results in an ideal rhythmic therapy for rapid relief from Carpal Tunnel symptoms with no muscle atrophy or down time and no limitations from restrictive braces. The hand rehabilitates through normal use once pain is relieved and free movement is restored. It is well know among muscular skeletal specialists that muscle atrophy from rigid wrist braces and hand splints can severely complicate recovery from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The Carpal Solution has been shown to enhance blood circulationto the hand. Dr. Morgan suggests that increased nutrient and oxygen rich blood circulation reinvigorates the hand naturally and helps contribute to rapid recovery through metabolic processes at the cellular level.