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Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;47(2):425-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.09.015.

Complications of Carpal Tunnel Release.

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1
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 West 168th Street, PH-1130, New York, NY 10032, USA.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 West 168th Street, PH-1130, New York, NY 10032, USA. Electronic address: robertjstrauch@hotmail.com.

Abstract

Carpal tunnel release for compression of the median nerve at the wrist is one of the most common and successful procedures in hand surgery. Complications, though rare, are potentially devastating and may include intraoperative technical errors, postoperative infection and pain, and persistent or recurrent symptoms. Patients with continued complaints after carpal tunnel release should be carefully evaluated with detailed history and physical examination in addition to electrodiagnostic testing. For those with persistent or recurrent symptoms, a course of nonoperative management including splinting, injections, occupational therapy, and desensitization should be considered prior to revision surgery.

KEYWORDS:

Carpal tunnel syndrome; Complications; Median nerve; Release; Revision

PMID:
26772951
DOI:
10.1016/j.ocl.2015.09.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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