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Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery

Also known as: Carpal tunnel decompression, Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery

Carpal tunnel decompression is a surgery to relieve pressure on the median nerve. This pressure can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The surgery involves cutting the ligament that runs across the carpal tunnel, and this ligament can cause the median nerve to be squeezed.


How much does Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery cost?

Surgical Time

30 mins


From £3,500

Day Case



Local anaesthetic

Time off work

2 week

Time before showering

10 days


Why Choose Kliniken for Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery

Discuss your needs

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Innovative approach

Innovative approach

Natural and innovative approach to treatments

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Helps you rest and recuperate

Helps you rest and recuperate

Country side and clean air helps you rest and recuperate

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Same clinician

Same clinician

Same clinician assigned to your from start to finish of the process

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Attentive care

Attentive care

Personalised and attentive care throughout the surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Patients can have Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery performed and go home the same day.

The procedure is done under local anaesthetic.  

An incision is made at the base of the palm between the muscular padding which is between the base of the thumb and little finger.

This allows for the ligament to be cut and so free the nerve (median nerve).

The skin is closed with non-dissolving stitches and dressed to protect the wound, but free enough to use when absolutely needed.

Studies show that more than 60% have symptoms in both hands, it would be beneficial to have surgery on the opposite side once they have recovered from the first operation.

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome/compression commonly complain of tingling sensations that can start at the wrist and goes to the thumb and the ring finger. 

This is due to a squashed nerve (median nerve). This can also spread to the elbow and neck. 

 Patients notice that they are being woken up with pain that needs to be shaken off at night. In the day, patients may notice dropping objects that may be wrongly attributed to clumsiness. 

Some patients may have had non-operative treatment, that has not been successful in managing the symptoms.

When patients come into the clinic, our UK-trained plastic surgeon makes a full assessment.  

This includes any relevant history, including reasons for surgery and a thorough examination of the neck, entire arm, wrist and hands.  

Part of this process is also explaining to the patients what can be done, why, and what to expect, based on each patients’ anatomy and suitability for surgery.

Carpal tunnel decompression aims to first prevent symptoms from getting any worse. In most cases, the symptoms improve, if done early on. If long-standing, this may not be possible.  

Immediately after surgery, each patient is seen by the senior physiotherapist who specialises in hand surgery patients, where they are given advice for what to look out for, what to expect and what can be done including exercise to help with rehabilitation.  

Patients can contact their team if they have any questions. Patients are seen 10 days after surgery the wounds are checked and stitches removed. 

The same physiotherapist will go through the exercises to help with rehabilitation after surgery.

Most commonly, carpal tunnel compression is a result of work or hobbies that requires a tight grip. 

This leads to the nerve (median nerve) getting squashed in the tight tunnel (carpal tunnel). 

The narrowing of the tunnel could be due to a number of reasons such as after injury to the wrist, swelling during pregnancy, fat in overweight patients etc. 

The symptoms tend to settle once the nerve is released. 

However, in most cases, alternatives to carpal tunnel decompression surgery include the use of wrist splints, steroid injections and changing the habit that is likely to cause it (work or hobby).

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valerie reidvalerie reid
11:59 15 Nov 23
We were greeted very warmly and immediately offered coffee etc. The clinic is very modern and comfortable. Mr Kolar put me at ease and explained my procedure in great detail. I was given the opportunity to think about it, but I also had the chance to have the procedure done there and then, which I chose to do. It was all done quickly and calmly and we chatted throughout.I received a follow-up... call the following day to make sure all was well. An appointment had been made for the following week, and once again we were greeted with the offer of a hot drink. Even though we were early I was seen straight away. Basically I was very happy with my treatment and pleased with the outcome.Valerie Reidread more
carol walkercarol walker
19:06 10 Nov 23
After many years and many hours spent on the internet researching Deep Plane Face and Necklift I knew that was the only surgery I wanted but finding a surgeon that actually does perform this operation - not their variation of it - proved difficult. I booked with a clinic in London though I very much wanted one nearer home I thought that was my only option. Then something came up on social media... about Kliniken in Harrogate and I decided I would go for an initial consultation, thank goodness I did as I found exactly what I was looking for!! No hard sell from my consultant Mr Kolar just fact based information and I knew that this was the surgeon I wanted to carry out my procedure. I immediately felt welcome and wasn't rushed to commit though I knew within the first few minutes my search had ended!! The clinic is tucked away in the country outside of the main town and there's a definite air of relaxation from the moment you step inside. I gave myself several months as I wanted to make sure no pressing matters other than looking after myself both before and after. So I'm just over three weeks post op and I couldn't be happier with everything from start to more
Lynn HillLynn Hill
06:49 15 Jun 23
The setting is amazing, calm, with easy access and parking. The whole team is focused on your well being and inspires confidence. The care is excellent from reception, consultation, procedure, to post operative and follow up. I can’t praise them enough. Thank you Kliniken!
Alex DodererAlex Doderer
19:04 08 Jun 23
Darcy RutherfordDarcy Rutherford
14:42 05 Apr 23
I cannot thank the team at Kliniken and Dr Kolar enough. My ears have always been a huge insecurity, and getting them pinned back was something I had wanted to do for a long time.Mr Kolar explained the procedure in detail throughout consultations, and the surgery went very smoothly. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming, especially Madeleine and Davide who have answered any queries.I am so... happy with my ears now after the otoplasty, and this is all thanks to Dr Kolar and the Kliniken team. I highly recommend them!read more
Midlife and BeyondMidlife and Beyond
17:14 30 Mar 23
What a pleasure it has been getting to know Mallappa Kolar and the entire staff working within Kliniken. Mallappa has an incredible way of making you feel comfortable, which relaxed me, straightaway. At the initial consultation. Malappa fully explained the Ultra Pulse CO2 laser process to me, showing me detailed pictures of before, during and after treatment. So, I was fully aware of what to... expect.On the day of my treatment, and whilst having my surgery, Malappa and the team put me completely at ease. The care and attention I received was exemplary.Following my treatment, the aftercare I would receive was thoroughly explained to me and delivered to specification - with regular follow up calls from the team to check on my progress and wellbeing, which I found to be very reassuring.A month on from my surgery, and I can honestly say Mallappa did an excellent job from the beginning to the very end, and I highly recommend this treatment.I am so happy with the results and have since received many compliments on my appearance and how fresh my skin looks! I can certainly see a difference. I am 62 years old, and I have been told that I look at least ten years younger! I am so pleased!read more


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