Being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a shock to one's system. Most people are presented by their doctor with surgery as being the only option for treating carpal tunnel. Unfortunately, carpal surgery is an ineffective treatment option that does not provide the anticipated relief in over 40% of the cases. This article will pinpoint reasons for tunnel surgery being inadequate and prone to failure.
What is the Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
Before describing the negatives and / or risks associated with this surgery, it is important to understand what it is. The goal is to sever the suffering carpal ligament and release the pressure upon it that is causing the pain and other physical distress. This is completed through an incision into the wrist and palm area, and is completed under anaesthesia.
The recovery time for this surgery is listed at six weeks to around three months. This can vary dependent upon the severity of the case and each patient's healing ability. There are certain surgeries with recovery periods of around one year, due to the high number of complications that can arise. Each patient has a separate and unpredictable reaction to the surgery.
While some surgeries can be regarded as 'complete successes', a large number of surgeries are inadequate and do not fix the initial problem. In fact, carpal tunnel surgery tend to cause more harm than good. The numbers are currently listed at '60% 'success rate for patients after surgery. These are poor numbers considering the various risks involved with the procedure.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Risks
What makes this surgery such a risky path to go down? The risks are numerous and should be thoroughly considered before a decision is made to move forward with it. The chance of one's condition actually becoming worse is also a reality and should be considered prior to making a decision.
The main risk involved with this surgery is reliant upon human efficiency. Due to the closeness of the nerves within the wrist area, the surgeon can easily sever the wrong nerve. This has and does happen on a regular basis. If, the transverse carpal ligament is severed, the pain and numbness in the area can heighten.
Severing the wrong nerve can often lead to complete paralysis in the area. Not being able to use one's hand can be an awful risk to take. With only a 60% success rate, a patient is placing a huge amount of trust in the surgeon being very precise and accurate.
Bleeding around the area can be prominent after surgery. This can be difficult to control and lead to infection and other unnecessary ailments. If the bleeding is not brought under control the patient risks further damage.
Not All Injuries Are Caused By Carpal Tunnel
Repetitive stress injuries is the category under which Carpal Tunnel Syndrome comes under. It is a group of injuries that are associated with the same region of the human body. And many injuries are not caused by the carpal tunnel but are actually signs that other parts of the body are out of balance. Having surgery to improve a problem that is not there is an unnecessary and imprudent risk. Many people have actually discover that their repetitive stress pain was not caused by the carpal tunnel.