Carpal tunnel care at Geisinger
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects as many as three percent of all working-age Americans –nearly 8 million people. If you’re suffering from hand or wrist pain, our team of skilled hand surgeons performs outpatient surgery that can have you home the same day. Geisinger’s orthopaedic hand surgeons are fellowship trained, which means they hold additional training than what’s required – and they’re the only fellowship trained hand surgeons in our region.
What is carpal tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your hand that the median nerve runs through. This nerve controls movement of the thumb and sensation in all your fingers except for your pinky finger.
Carpel tunnel syndrome, also referred to as CTS, is the feeling of numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the wrist or fingers that are connected to your carpal tunnel. Typically, you’ll experience symptoms first in your dominant hand, and you may experience CTS in one or both hands.
If you have carpal tunnel, you may exhibit these symptoms:
- Pain in the hand and wrist
Experiencing these symptoms at night and in the morning is most common and may increase during the day as you hold items for long amounts of time.
End your carpal tunnel pain with minimally-invasive surgery
To determine whether you have CTS, your doctor will perform tests to assess your levels of numbness and pain, as well as your reflexes. If treatment with a brace doesn't work, your doctor may recommend surgery. At Geisinger, our team of fellowship-trained surgeons will have you home the same day with minimally-invasive surgery.
Geisinger's experienced hand surgeons have received an extra year of specialty training in hand and wrist care, so you can rest assured you are in the most capable, skilled hands.
Meet our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons:
What is recovery from hand surgery like?
After surgery, most experience only minor discomfort with a few doses of over-the-counter pain medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) providing relief. Most people experience relief of their symptoms of pain and numbness immediately after surgery.
The surgery is performed as an “In and Out” procedure. You can quickly return to normal activities, following guidelines given to you by your surgeon. Our team of certified hand therapists provide exercises as part of your regularly scheduled follow-up appointments to help speed down the road of recovery.
Five convenient locations:
Geisinger Woodbine Outpatient Clinic
16 Woodbine Ln.
Danville, PA 17821
Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital
4200 Hospital Road
Coal Township, PA 17866
Geisinger Bloomsburg Orthopaedics Central Road
480 Central Rd.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
250 Reitz Blvd.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Geisinger Susquehanna University
620 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870