Do You Need Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness and/or tingling, often in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Patients with this syndrome often report that symptoms are more noticeable at night but they can also interfere with daily activities such as driving, typing and meal preparation.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a wrist doctor or surgeon to determine whether or not carpal tunnel syndrome is the source of your pain. Fortunately, diagnosis does not automatically mean that you will need carpal tunnel surgery but it is recommended that you meet with a specialist or surgeon to explore the various carpal tunnel treatment options (including surgery) available and what is best for your particular situation.

Selecting a Carpal Tunnel Surgeon

If it is determined that you require carpal tunnel surgery, selecting a well-qualified carpal tunnel surgeon is vital to the success of your surgery. First and foremost, you will obviously want to consult with your insurance company to begin your search for a carpal tunnel surgeon that accepts your coverage. Once you have obtained a list of acceptable surgeons, next consider how far you are willing to travel to begin narrowing things down. A good next step is an online search for reviews and ratings.

After this point, you should have your list narrowed to a manageable size that will allow you to do more in-depth research about the background and experience level of each potential surgeon. Scheduling consultations with your top two or three choices should be your final step before you make a decision on who will perform your surgery.