Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel as it passes across the wrist. Typically, you’ll experience a ‘pins and needles’ sensation and weakness in the fingers, which is usually worse early in the morning or might wake you up from sleep. There is often no specific cause, but it can be worsened by repetitive strain and certain medical conditions. If conservative, non-surgical treatments fail to improve CTS, Mr George-Malal may advise Carpal tunnel decompression surgery. This is a day case procedure usually performed under a local anaesthetic and involves dividing a ligament to relieve pressure on the nerve.
Ganglion cysts are very common and present as a small swelling, usually on the top of the wrist where it joins the hand. These cysts are benign, but they can sometimes be painful, affect hand function, and be an aesthetic concern. Exactly why they develop isn’t known, but it can result from repetitive strain, causing synovial fluid to build up and form a sac. Once a ganglion cyst is diagnosed, Mr George-Malal can you advise you on the appropriate treatment option. This includes aspiration or surgical removal through minor surgery.