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Carpal Tunnel Release A carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure performed to relieve pressure on the nerve located inside the carpal tunnel, an area in the wrist that supplies nerve function to the fingers. The condition for which the release is performed is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Cross section of normal wrist Compressed median nerve Median Nerve Transverse
Carpal Ligament Carpal Tunnel PALM To perform a carpal tunnel release, the surgeon makes an incision in the palm of the hand, above the area of the carpal tunnel. The carpal ligament going across the hand is severed, releasing pressure on the median nerve. LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD