A pinched nerve at the elbow or wrist, like carpal tunnel syndrome, can often go from being a mere nuisance to a source of major discomfort, not only during the day but also at night. Once all attempts at non-operative treatment have failed, the experienced hand surgeons at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center can provide reliable long-term improvement through a short outpatient procedure.
When symptoms are severe or do not improve, surgery may be needed to make more room for the nerve. Pressure on the nerve is decreased by making small incisions in the surrounding ligaments. Incisions for this surgery may vary, but the goal is the same: to enlarge the tunnel and decrease pressure on the nerve.
Following nerve decompression surgery, soreness around the incision may last for several weeks or months. The numbness and tingling may disappear quickly or slowly. It may take several months for strength in the hand and wrist to return to normal. Carpal tunnel symptoms may not completely go away after surgery, especially in severe cases.