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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America treating Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

Centros Especializados de San Vicente Fundación

A modern, technologically advanced medical center, designed to handle complex procedures in a variety of medical specialties, with over 100 physicians. The staff can speak English and Spanish, and can asist with transporation and accommodations.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Centros Especializados

Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro (CMPDH) is a private, proudly Mexican organization, specializing in the provision of high quality health services.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

San Fernando Hospital

One of Panama’s largest hospitals, offering a wide range of medical specialties and fully equipped facilities. Clinica Hospital San Fernando was the first hospital in Panama to be accredited by the JCI.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at San Fernando Hospital

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at San Javier Hospital

Hospital Country 2000

A small, private and modern general service hospital, offering a wide range of medical services, including plastic surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, oncology, infertility and pediatrics. Facilities include private rooms with a TV and phone line.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Hospital Country 2000

Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated at Hospital Punta Pacifica

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About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is carpal tunnel treatment?
Carpal tunnel treatment refers to the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a disease caused by pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. Patients suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome experience numbness, tingling sensations, weakness or pain in the hand, fingers, and forearm. This may occur due to pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, hypothyroidism and arthritis. It also occurs as a result of wrist injuries, such as fractures. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also caused by improper usage of the hands and wrists for a long period. This is caused by pressure on the median nerve that leads to swelling of the tissues surrounding the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel treatments may include surgical as well as non-surgical treatments.

What are the different types of carpel tunnel treatments?
The different types of carpel tunnel treatments are as follows:

  • Medication:
    Carpal tunnel syndrome may be treated with various medications to heal the pain and subside the swelling of the affected area. Pain killers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines may be given to the patient for early symptoms caused by strain. Medication may need to be taken orally or injected into the wrist. Vitamin B supplements are also provided to patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Exercise:
    Exercises such as stretching and strengthening are also used as a carpal tunnel treatment. A physical therapist or an occupational therapist may supervise these exercises.
  • Other therapies: Acupuncture and chiropractic treatment may also benefit patients who are suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga is also known to be effective in treating this disease.
  • Surgery
    Surgery is recommended if the patient has been suffering from the symptoms since 6 months without any effect of the non-surgical treatments. The tissue around the wrist is cut to lessen the pressure on the median nerve. Surgery may be required on both hands. There are two types of surgery:
    • Open Release Surgery
      In an open release surgery, an incision of about 2 inches is made in the patient’s wrist. The carpel ligament is then cut to expand the carpal tunnel. Pressure on the nerve of the carpal tunnel is then relieved. The incision is closed and bandaged with a dressing.
    • Endoscopic Surgery
      In an endoscopic surgery, two incisions of about half an inch each is made in the wrist and palm. An endoscopic tube with a camera attached to it is inserted through one of the incisions, which enables the surgeon to view the surgery on a screen. The carpal ligament is then cut using endoscopic surgical tools to expand the carpal tunnel. Pressure on the nerve of the carpal tunnel is then relieved. The incision is closed and bandaged with a dressing. An endoscopic surgery reduces scarring and ensures a sooner recovery.

How to prepare for carpal tunnel surgery?
  • The patient is required to stop eating anything solid or liquid for a minimum of 8 hours before the surgery.
  • The doctor may impose diet restrictions. Before the doctor recommends surgery, the doctor will perform various tests on the patient to examine the nerve function of the patient’s hand.
  • A neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist may examine the nerve conduction and find out if arthritis is causing the carpal tunnel syndrome.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Carpal tunnel surgery takes 30 minutes to 1 hour

Days admitted : None. Carpal tunnel treatment is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

Anesthesia : Carpal tunnel surgery is done under local anesthesia. Other forms of treatment do not require anesthesia.

Recovery : - After the surgery, the patient is taken to the recovery room until the anesthesia wears off.
- Patients may experience nausea and shivering, for which medication and blankets may be provided.
- Pain medication may also be given to relieve pain after the surgery.
- If patients have undergone surgery in both hands, they may be unable to perform any activities up to 2 weeks.
- Normally, patients can resume daily activities 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery. They may be able to perform heavy activities 6 weeks after the surgery.
- Most of the patients recover completely after the surgery without any recurrence of the disease.
- Some patients may need to undergo physical therapy to recover wrist strength.

Risks : The risks involved in a carpal tunnel surgery are as follows:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Infection
- Incomplete ligament release
- Stiffness
- Damage to the nerves
- 10% of patients may experience wrist weakness

After care : - Patients should not drive for a minimum of 24 hours after the surgery.
- For the first few days, patients are advised to keep their hand elevated above the level of the heart. This is done to reduce swelling.
- Wrist support should be worn as per the doctor’s instructions.
- The doctor’s instructions on medication and wound care should be followed carefully.
- Heavy activities should be avoided for a month or two.
- A complete recovery may take 3 to 12 months depending on the type and intensity of the surgery.

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