Radial Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Singapore
Radial Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Singapore is namely as Radial tunnel release. This operation takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to do. Radial tunnel syndrome Singapore can be done under general anaesthesia and discharge on the same day of operation.
What happen during the Radial Tunnel Syndrome Surgery?
In this operation, our surgeon divides all compressive sites within the radial tunnel. This makes the radial tunnel bigger so the radial nerve has more space. After the operation, new tissue grows across the split, and builds a permanently larger tunnel.
After surgery, patients wear an elbow splint with the arm wrapped. One week after surgery, the patient will start on a gentle exercise program, physiotherapy. Patients use ice packs, soft-tissue massage, and stretching to improve patients’ range of motion.
After 6 weeks, patients begin strength-building exercises for the forearm and hand under a therapist’s supervision. During recovery, lifting and other activities that require bending the arm at the elbow are not allowed. In the final stage, the therapist adds exercises to stabilize and strengthen the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and improve fine motor control in the hand.
Full recovery after surgery can take 6 to 8 months or longer. How long it takes to recover depends on the amount of damage to the nerve before surgery.
What is the outlook (prognosis) after surgery?
Most patients recover completely with medical treatment if they follow instructions carefully and avoid future injury to the nerve. Surgery improves symptoms for patients who did not respond to medical treatment, but some patients continue to have mild pain after surgery.
Preventing re-injury to the radial nerve is the most important goal after recovery.