Carpal tunnel release surgery is a procedure used to relieve the pressure on your nerve caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Though there are several different techniques your wrist doctor may use to perform carpal tunnel release, the goal is to open the “roof” of the tunnel through which your affected nerve passes, dividing it in two. Over time, new tissue will bridge this gap, resulting in a larger tunnel with extra room for your nerve.
Using the most common form of carpal tunnel release, the open technique, your wrist surgeon will access your affected nerve through the middle of your palm. Using the closed technique for carpal tunnel release, your hand doctor will make a small incision in your wrist and your palm, then use an endoscope to open the “roof” of the tunnel through your wrist.