Carpal Tunnel Decompression

Carpal Tunnel

At Wellbeing, we offer Carpal Tunnel Decompression surgery from our newly acquired Tollgate Clinic in Colchester, Essex. The procedure which divides a ligament in your wrist will relieve discomfort and improve your movement and feeling in your hand or wrist.

Introduction

If you experience a tingling sensation or altered feeling in your hand that affects the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers, which can be provoked by activities that involve the gripping of an object, then you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Our experienced doctors will be able to diagnose whether you have CTS at an initial assessment appointment, and will be able to offer treatment options, which include splinting or injections for less severe cases and or an operation on your wrist.

Location of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in human wrist

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed when it passes through a small tunnel at the wrist. This tunnel contains the nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers and thumbs. CTS commonly affects women in middle age but can occur at any age and in either men or women. The main symptom of CTS is an altered feeling in the hand that affects the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. The altered feeling is frequently described as tingling, with the feeling often being worse at night or first thing in the morning. In the early stages, numbness and tingling will be sporadic and regular sensation in your hand will return to normal. If the condition worsens, the tingling and numbness will become continuous, alongside weakness and the wasting of muscle at the base of the thumb.

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Treatment information

If after your initial assessment it is advised that surgery is required, you can book a second 30-minute appointment where the surgery can take place. You can decide when this would be most convenient for you taking into account recovery time.

It generally will take about three months to regain your full strength in the affected hand, but your hand can be used for light activities from the day you have your procedure. This means that you should be able to return to work as soon as you feel ready. The more that you use your hand the quicker it will recover.

Many patients will be able to do all their normal work two weeks after the operation. However, if your work involves a lot of manual lifting, or work that involves a lot of repetitive finger and hand movements, you will need to start gently, and it may take a little longer for you to fully recover.

Pricing and appointment information

  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression surgery - £1750

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is completed in about 20 minutes, so you won't need to stay overnight meaning you will be able to return home. You should arrange to have someone take you as you will not be able to drive. 

Once the procedure has been completed you may feel some soreness for a couple of days which can be helped through taking a mild painkiller.

Your clinician will provide you with information about what to do after the procedure.

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Meet our Clinicians

  • Dr Yen Lam
  • Dr Hein Leonhardt
  • Dr Alan Speers
  • Dr Luke Whiting

To find out more or to book an appointment call 0300 303 9966 or click here.

Treatments provided at the following locations:

Tollgate Clinic
145 London Road
Stanway
Colchester
Essex
C03 8NZ

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About Carpal tunnel

Our long-established Tollgate Clinic, in Colchester, Essex provides a local and specialist base for a number of Minor Surgery procedures, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) diagnosis and treatment.

Our experienced doctors will be able to diagnose whether you have CTS at an initial assessment appointment and will be able to offer treatment options. If, after your initial assessment, it is advised that surgery is required, you can book a second 30-minute appointment where the surgery can take place – and return home after the procedure without the need for an overnight stay.

If you are experiencing CTS symptoms, Wellbeing is a sensible and safe place to find out more and discuss your treatment options.

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