Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,645

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we use clinically proven techniques for carpal tunnel release surgery. The surgery eases the pain and numbness in your hand that’s caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by swelling in your wrist which puts pressure on your median nerve. During surgery, your surgeon will cut the ligament that runs across the front of your wrist bones to relieve the pressure.

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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Carpal tunnel surgery: what to expect at Spire Harpenden

At Spire Harpenden, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive private hospital services and high standards of care for our patients in Hertfordshire. 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 Harpenden Hospital

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.

Carpal tunnel release (one wrist) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £2,445
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,645
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£131
Representative example
Loan amount £2,195
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,358

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Harpenden Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. 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. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for carpal tunnel surgery at Spire Harpenden

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

Our consultants typically offer open release surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. During surgery, your consultant will make an incision (cut) so they can see inside your wrist and cut the transverse carpal ligament.

Preparing for carpal tunnel surgery at Spire Harpenden

Getting here

We have excellent road links to the M1 and A1(M) and are five minutes from Harpenden train station. Other public transport options are available. 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 upon 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:

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

  • 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

How to get to us

We have excellent road links to the M1 and A1(M), and are five minutes from Harpenden train station.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Harpenden Hospital,

Ambrose Lane
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 4BP

Main SwitchBoard:  01582 763191

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01582 714420

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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Sources

  • https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6437
  • https://www.carpal-tunnel.net/about-cts/triad
  • https://patient.info/health/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-leaflet#nav-6>
  • https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/c/carpal-tunnel-surgery
  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/