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Can surgical therapy damage a nerve in your hand?

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2022 | Personal Injury

You were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome after your increasing wrist weakness and tingling began to affect your work performance. The nonsurgical interventions you tried did not help.

Your supervisor told you that, if you didn’t get help for your wrist, they would have no choice but to let you go.

You tried to get help for your carpal tunnel syndrome

After seeing a specialist, you chose nonsurgical interventions. The remedies they suggested, such as splinting your wrist, pain-relieving nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroid injections, did not help.

You had one other option: carpal tunnel relief surgery. The surgery was simple, allowing you to go home the same day. You went ahead with the surgery, because you trusted the doctor.

Your surgery left you with a nerve injury

Carpal tunnel release surgery is done using one of two techniques:

  • Endoscopic surgery, which requires small incisions
  • Open surgery

The first option is much less invasive, using a tiny camera or ultrasound. Your recovery may be less painful after surgery.

The open surgery is more invasive and comes with some risks:

  • Infection
  • Scar formation
  • Incomplete ligament release
  • Blood vessel or nerve injury

You suffered a nerve injury, making it almost impossible for you to use your hand.

Now, your hand is almost unusable

It is difficult to hold a cup. Your handwriting is difficult to read. While your doctor told you to start using your hand after the ligament healed, you haven’t been able to get back to the normal actions of your hand.

The surgery didn’t help you — instead, you are now unable to work at all. Learning more about your injury may help you to file a claim against the surgeon.