Carpal Tunnel Release

UW Health plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin, perform carpal tunnel release surgery for patients who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.


About Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery


Carpal tunnel release surgery reduces pressure on the median nerve by severing the band of tissue, or ligament, which surrounds the wrist. Carpal tunnel release surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.


There are two types of carpal tunnel release surgery:

  • Open release surgery
  • Endoscopic release surgery

A splint could be placed on your wrist for up to one week after surgery. Physical therapy should follow surgery to regain wrist strength. Full recovery from carpal tunnel release surgery can take one to two months, but is dependent upon the individual and level of activity.


Animation: Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery