Yet surgically severing the transverse carpal tunnel ligament at the base of the hand often is not a lasting solution to the underlying stresses which created the syndrome in the first place. It only brings significant relief from carpal tunnel discomfort in 40 to 60 percent of the cases and often has to be repeated.
Indeed, for a repetitive strain injury like CTS, repeating high-risk invasive surgery for the same ailment is a poor protocol at best.
Most surgeons will not repeat surgery more than twice.
Medical experts warn repeat surgery candidates about the concerns of scarring and risk of other complications including joint pain, nerve damage, tendon injury, infection, reduced range of motion, permanent loss of grip strength, long rehabilitation periods and long-term weakening of the wrist and hand.