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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist which can require a surgical procedure called a Carpal Tunnel Release to relieve the pain.


Dr. Hecht typically begin with less invasive, conservative treatment options before considering other options, such as surgery.  When conservative treatment plans are unsuccessful in relieving the pain of the CTS, surgical procedures may be conducted to relieve the pain from CTS.

The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on your median nerve by cutting the ligament pressing on the nerve.

            Endoscopic surgery. Carpal tunnel surgery is usually performed using an endoscope, a telescope-like device with a tiny camera attached to it that allows your doctor to see inside your carpal tunnel and perform the surgery through small incisions in your hand or wrist.

            Open surgery. In some cases, surgery involves making an incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel and cutting through the ligament to free the nerve.

Dr. Joseph Hecht will encourage you to use your hand after surgery, gradually working back to normal use of your hand while avoiding forceful hand motions or extreme positions of your wrist. Soreness or weakness may take from several weeks to as long as a few months to resolve after surgery. During the healing process after the surgery, the ligament tissues gradually grow back together while allowing more room for the nerve than existed before.  Often Post-Op therapy is helpful to advance a faster recovery.

Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?

Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of hand conditions, preservation and treatment options.  As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland hand surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every assessment.