Carpal Tunnel Syndrome St. Louis - Hand Surgery Missouri
Do you have constant problems with your hands falling asleep or numbness in your fingers? Does this wake you up at night? Has it gotten so severe that the muscles of your hand are weakening and your hands feel clumsy? If so, you may be a candidate for carpal tunnel surgery.
In carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the main nerves to the hand, the median nerve, gets compressed in an area called the carpal tunnel located near the wrist. When this happens, the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger become numb. Patients often shake their hands to get the feeling back in these fingers. This tends to happen when people are driving, working on the computer or sleeping. In can become so severe that the muscles in the hand become affected and weaken, causing clumsiness.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the hand to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive hand and plastic surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
We believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Dr. Cabbabe believes that the key to a successful surgery is proper planning and discussion with the patient about their goals. Therefore, Dr. Cabbabe evaluates each patient and creates a customized surgical plan for all of his patients to meet their expectations. To schedule a consultation, call us at 314-842-5885 or complete the contact us form.
Dr. Cabbabe will examine you and determine if you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. He may order further neurologic testing to confirm the disorder. Your insurance company may require these exams. If you are found to have carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Cabbabe will recommend further treatment. If you are found to have a mild form of this disorder, he may recommend wrist splints that prevent you from flexing your wrist and worsening your symptoms. Your insurance company may require this treatment prior to approving surgery. If you have a severe form, Dr. Cabbabe will recommend release of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel in a procedure called carpal tunnel release.
In this procedure, Dr. Cabbabe makes a small incision over the wrist – hand junction. The ligament which causes the nerve to be compressed is released, freeing up the nerve. Dr. Cabbabe then stitches the skin closed. In an endoscopic carpal tunnel release, a smaller incision is used and a camera is inserted to assist with visualizing the release of this ligament.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, plavix, Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner.
Recovering from Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will wrap your hand in a bulky dressing for one week after surgery and then begin exercises afterwards. Sutures will be removed within 2 weeks of surgery.