Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery In Melbourne

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is usually brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Dr Carmen Munteanu in Melbourne offers surgical relief for this condition.

Dr Carmen Munteanu is a specialist plastic surgeon and armlift expert. She provides dedicated and compassionate care to her patients who wish to undergo this surgery.

CTS occurs when pressure builds up due to swelling in the tunnel where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. When the pressure reaches the point where it disturbs how the nerve works, you may start to feel symptoms such as:

  • tingling
  • numbness
  • pain in the arm
  • pain in the hand
  • pain in the fingers

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be, in some cases, treated surgically to enlarge the carpal tunnel and decrease the pressure on the nerve.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Unfortunately, the cause of CTS is often unknown. The reason for this is that pressure on the nerve can be caused by:

  • tenosynovitis swelling of the lining of the flexor tendons
  • joint dislocations
  • fractures
  • arthritis – narrowing the tunnel
  • keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time

It may be one or a combination of these causes.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

To properly diagnose this condition a detailed medical history is required, and x-rays may be taken to check for problems such as arthritis or fractures. An electrodiagnostic study (either NCV-nerve conduction velocities or EMG-electromyogram) will be carried out to confirm the diagnoses of CTS, as well as other possible nerve problems

Non-surgical treatment for CTS

It is possible for the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome to be alleviated without surgery. Non-surgical solutions include:

  • Changing the pattern of hand use
  • Wearing wrist splints to keep your wrists straight
  • Steroid injection into the carpal tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Costs & fees – How much is a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery,?

At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

Dr Carmen’s team will provide you a customised fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital. An approximate fee range for your arm lift surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.

Find out more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Prices and Consultation Fees

Surgical treatment for CTS

If these non-surgical options are inefficient, or your condition is too severe, Aesthetik Profile offers a surgical option. Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome involves decreasing the pressure on the nerve by cutting the ligament which forms the roof of the tunnel on the palm side of your hand.

It is important to keep in mind that carpal tunnel syndrome, in severe cases, may never be cured. However, with surgery, it is possible to alleviate symptoms.

After surgery, you may experience some discomfort around the treated area, which will dissipate in 1-2 weeks. Additionally, it may take a few weeks for strength to return completely to your hand.

Risks and Complications of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

Every surgery has some risks and possible complications.

Dr Carmen will cover the potential risks and complications during your consultation as part of your informed consent. She will also explain the measures she will take in order to reduce your risks as much as possible.

Possible complications of surgery include the following:

  • Complications related to general anaesthetic or side effects of drugs used in hospital
  • Bleeding – reduced by preoperative testing of possible blood anomalies, accurate technique, use of drains, particular dressings, compressive garments
  • Infection – prevented/reduced by judicious use of antibiotics, good surgical technique, modern sealing dressings, appropriate care, advice
  • Abnormal or asymmetrical scarring– Many scars can be improved if approached in the right time frame in the right way.
  • Fluid build-up or seroma 
  • Other risks include – Numbness and Pain, Wound breakdown and delayed healing, unsightly or keloid Scarring,
  • Serious complications such as possible Heart attack, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism

For more information about risks of surgery and possible complications

Things you can do to minimise your risks and complications of surgery

  • Read all your surgical documents and follow instructions of your surgeon precisely – rest & Allow time to heal, wear your compression garments as instructed, avoid removing your own bandages or touching at the incision site until it has healed properly.
  • Do NOT Smoke at all during the surgical journey – especially critical in the periods before and after surgery
  • Be accurate and upfront about ALL your medications, supplements and vitamins that you are currently taking – Tell both Dr Carmen and your anaesthetist
  • When providing your medical history give specific details about ANY past difficulties you have had with surgery, anaesthesia, hospital visits or healing
  • Thorough pre-washing of your own body prior to surgery can reduce skin bacteria and risk of infection.
  • Successful surgical outcomes are the result of a number of considerations – realistic surgical goals, realistic patient expectations, and a good knowledge and understanding of possible risks and complications.

 

About Dr Carmen Munteanu – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Carmen has 25 years of expertise in breast & tummy surgery as well as excess skin removal for weight-loss patients. Her favourite surgery is Breast Reduction. She also has significant experience in using fat transfer & fat grafting processes to the breast for augmentation and enhancement.

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Dr Carmen is a FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon – she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

She is a precise surgeon and customises her surgery procedures and placement of surgical incision lines for each patient to get the best outcomes.

Caring and engaging, Dr Carmen is highly regarded by her peers and patients.

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Carmen?

  •  A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Carmen – Carparking is available on site in Mitcham
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Contact us or call on  1300 652 468  to arrange your consultation

Email us for more information: info@drcarmen.com.au

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