What Causes Nerve Pain After Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Updated July 19, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that causes pain, tingling and numbness in a wrist, hand and arm. Nerve pain may be relieved with carpal tunnel release surgery that releases the carpal ligament from the wrist’s median nerve.

Procedure Failure

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a carpal tunnel release procedure may fail to eliminate pain and other symptoms due to extensive scarring or an incomplete release of the carpal ligament during surgery. A doctor may repeat the surgery when a patient continues to have nerve pain after the initial surgery.

Pain Before Surgery

Patients with very severe pain prior to surgery may continue to have nerve pain after carpal tunnel surgery.

Vibrating Tools

Individuals who use vibrating tools to perform heavy manual labour after carpal tunnel surgery often experience continued nerve pain.

Mental Health

People with poor mental health and individuals who abuse alcohol have a greater chance of experiencing pain and other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome after they have undergone carpal tunnel release surgery.

Other Conditions

Patients with high blood pressure or diabetes and people who receive hemodialysis treatment may notice a return of carpal tunnel syndrome pain after an initial surgery.

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