Carpal Tunnel Surgery Anesthesia

carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia

You’re probably thinking about carpal tunnel surgery right now. Surely, you’d like to know as many details as possible concerning all stages of the procedure. For instance, what does the surgery involve? How long is recovery time? Thus, understanding stages are  important so you can feel comfortable going into surgery. Also, knowing about carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia will help reduce anxiety. You and your carpal tunnel doctor will discuss the pros and cons of anesthesia. Also, the doctor will tell you his or her preferred anesthesia method for your particular circumstances. In general, the anesthesia you get depends on the type of surgery you have. It can be open release or endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. Therefore, the carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia you have might be local, regional or general.

Local or Regional anesthesia

In these anesthesia methods you’re awake during the operation. The doctor injects medicine to numb your hand and arm to eliminate all pain sensations. Sometimes, the injection of local anesthetic drug goes into the wrist area. However, such local injections are used only if the surgery will be simple. Often, it’s not so simple. Thus, it’s more likely the anesthesia will be via a regional injection. Usually the regional injection is an axillary block (meaning, in the armpit) and will numb your entire arm. In addition, you’ll also get other medicines through an IV line to relax you. This axillary block will numb all pain sensations in your arm. However, because you’re still awake during the procedure you might feel some pushing or pressure in the wrist during the operation.

Hence, the big advantage of regional carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia is that your carpal tunnel surgery recovery time is less. As a result, your post-op comfort level is greater. This increases your overall comfort during the recovery time. Also, it is less expensive than having general anesthesia.

General anesthesia

This type of anesthesia will put you to sleep during the carpal tunnel release surgery. In fact, it puts you in a light sleep state but you won’t be aware of pain or pressure during surgery. At first, you’ll breathe through an oxygen mask. Next, medicine will be injected into your IV line to relax you as you drift off. Usually, once you’re asleep, the doctor inserts a breathing tube down your windpipe to assist your breathing during the operation. Also, the doctor can administer other medicines through the IV line or the breathing tube.

The advantage to having general anesthesia is that there is much less anxiety. When wide awake during surgery, patients feel nervous about their environment. For example, they see the commotion in the room and hear noises all around them. Also, they can feel pushing and probing inside the wrist. Thus, such sensations an be unnerving for some people. However, being asleep during the procedure avoids all that.

Complications of carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia

Complications from carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia are not uncommon. Your doctor can answer your questions about the possible side effects of anesthesia and the most common complications. These are given below in order of probability.

  1. First and foremost, the most common problem of anesthesia is an adverse reaction to the anesthetic drug. As a result, it can change blood pressure rapidly and dangerously.
  2. Many problems can occur during the process of inserting the breathing tube. For instance, inserting the breathing tube may result in breathing fluid into the lungs during the procedure.
  3. Additionally, dangerously increased heart rate can result from the anesthetic.
  4. Finally, a patient’s temperature can rise quickly as a reaction to anesthesia, and it can be life threatening. Called malignant hyperthermia, this reaction to anesthesia is more common if the patient has once had a similar episode in a prior operation.


Undergoing carpal tunnel surgery always requires anesthesia. In fact, carpal tunnel surgery anesthesia comes in two basic forms; local and general. With local anesthesia you’re awake during the entire operation. You’re aware of everything going on around you. However, you don’t feel pain; just the pushing and prodding of the procedure. In contrast, with general anesthesia you are asleep and see or feel nothing at all.

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About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.

I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.

So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.

I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.

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