After the physician has exhausted the options of medications, splints, and cortisone injections, he or she may decide that surgery is the only option. If surgery is chosen, then a surgeon will open up the carpal tunnel in order to relieve any pressure on the median nerve. Following this procedure, which is call carpal tunnel release, the relief is generally immediate. Carpal tunnel release surgery can typically be done on an outpatient basis as either an endoscopic procedure or surgical procedure.
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