Carpal Tunnel Decompression

diagram showing Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is recognised when the patient experiences constant numbness, muscle weakness and tingling in the fingers.

These symptoms result from when the flexor retinaculum of the wrist becomes thickened and compresses the median nerve. Muscles at the base of the thumb may also become thinner due to constriction of median nerves.

Carpal tunnel decompression may be recommended to divide the flexor retinaculum to allow more room for the median nerve and relieve symptoms.

Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is made from a combination of clinical assessment and nerve conduction studies.

The surgery

Surgery involves making a surgical incision in the palm of the hand. Excision of the band of tissue constricting the nerve is performed to release the nerve.

Surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic at either Hollywood or Glengarry Hospitals.

Before surgery

Your anaesthetist will visit you on the day of procedure following admission. There is not normally a need to consult with the Anaesthetist prior to the operating day, we do suggest you make contact if you have had any of the following:
  • Head or Heart Surgery
  • Lapband Insitu
  • Blood Thinning Medication
  • Relevant Medical History.

After surgery

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Post operatively the hand is dressed and elevated as much as possible to attempt to minimise swelling.

Early finger movement is strongly encouraged. Keep the bandage intact until review in the rooms.

At home

Please phone Mr Kozak’s rooms on 9381 3084 to schedule a post-operative appointment for 7–10 days following surgery.

If you develop:
  • a temperature of over 38.5°C
  • swelling or discomfort which persists or worsens despite ice and rest and pain medicine
  • excessive bleeding numbness, tingling, redness or swelling

– please contact the office or the hospital.

Surgical Appointments

Hollywood Hospital
Monash Avenue
WA 6008

Glengarry Hospital
53 Arnisdale Road
WA 6023

Practice Details

Please Call (08) 9381 3084 for an appointment.
Fax: (08) 9381 3054
or email us

Level 2, 280 Rokeby Road
WA 6008

Sports Medicine Centre
1/64 Arnisdale Road
WA 6023

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