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Carpal Tunnel Release (Wrist Fracture Surgery)

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Presentation: Distal Radius Fracture Surgery
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As we mentioned before, fractures of the wrist can cause pressure on the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel of your wrist. When this occurs, a "release" of the carpal tunnel may be necessary--which means opening the tunnel to relieve the pressure. The carpal tunnel release is performed through an approximately 2 to 3 inch incision in your wrist, followed by releasing the ligaments that surround the carpal tunnel. Your skin is then closed with stitches.

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