Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery at Spire Alexandra Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £1,695

At Spire Alexandra Hospital, we offer carpal tunnel release surgery to ease pain and numbness in your hand caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Our surgeons can offer some of the latest techniques for carpal tunnel release surgery.

Your surgeon will cut the ligament that runs across the front of your wrist bones, relieving pressure on the median nerve caused by swelling inside your wrist.

Sometimes also called

  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Carpal tunnel release

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same day discharge

  • Procedure duration
    20 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Local

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to a wide range of treatments
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost

Carpal tunnel surgery: what to expect at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments to patients in Medway and the surrounding areas of Kent and the South East. Our highly skilled surgeons have wide experience in performing carpal tunnel release surgery. We provide fast access to diagnostic tests, scans and treatment, with expert aftercare that’s designed to help you get back to normal as soon as possible.

How much does Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery cost at Spire Alexandra Hospital

A carpal tunnel syndrome procedure is available from £1,695.

It’s a common procedure to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

You can trust Spire Alexandra Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.
(1) Important: Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself. (2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Procedures offered for carpal tunnel surgery at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, our consultants have extensive experience of performing carpal tunnel release surgery in our clean, modern facilities.

As well as traditional open release carpal tunnel surgery, we also offer minimally invasive techniques. These have been developed to help you heal faster but may not be suitable for everybody. If your surgeon thinks it’s right for you, they may perform:

  • Endoscopic release – a camera is used to see inside your wrist so one or two smaller incisions can be used
  • Ultra-minimally invasive release – your transverse carpal ligament is severed using a thread which is looped around the ligament using needles (and ultrasound to guide your consultant), so no surgical incision is required
  • Percutaneous release – a minimally invasive technique using ultrasound to guide your consultant instead of a camera

Preparing for carpal tunnel surgery at Spire Alexandra

Getting here

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. The nearest railway station is Chatham, a 10 minute taxi journey away.

There’s free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Once you’ve made an enquiry, we’ll be able to arrange your first appointment within a few days.

You’ll be able to meet one of our experienced surgeons in a private consultation room. They’ll ask you about your symptoms and medical history and take a look at your wrist. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions about surgery and discuss:

  • Any further tests you may need such as a nerve conduction test or an ultrasound scan
  • Other treatments you could try before you decide on surgery, such as painkillers or wrist splints
  • What the procedure involves, including the anaesthetic (which is usually local)
  • Any risks and complications and how these might affect you

Carpal tunnel surgery: your procedure

The operation takes around 20 minutes and you’ll be able to go home on the same day.

When you arrive for surgery:

  • You’ll meet your surgical team and anaesthetist
  • You’ll have a local anaesthetic (so you’ll be awake but won’t feel any pain)
  • Your surgeon will make a small incision and then cut through the ligament that lies across the front of your wrist – they’ll use the technique you agreed during your consultation

Carpal tunnel surgery: your recovery

Everyone’s different, so how long it takes to recover from your surgery will depend on your general health and how severe your carpal tunnel syndrome is.

Your consultant will be able to tell you more about your expected recovery, but here’s a typical recovery timeline for carpal tunnel surgery:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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Same day

Leave hospital

1-2 days

Able to wriggle fingers

3-14 days

Stitches removed

14-21 days

Return to work (depending on your job)

1 month

Back to your normal activities

3 months

Fully recovered

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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