At Provide Wellbeing, our experienced doctors will be able to diagnose whether you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at an initial assessment appointment, and will be able to offer treatment options which include splinting or injections for less severe cases, and/or an operation on your hand.
Carpal Tunnel Decompression is also available for NHS referrals. If your symptoms are not severe, your GP may be able to treat you satisfactorily. If the cause of the symptoms are unclear, or if the treatment is not appropriate or does not cure your symptoms, the GP will refer you to specialists such as those at our brand new Clinic Centre on The Crescent in Colchester, or at Valkyrie Surgery, Westcliff-on-Sea. You can request for your GP to refer you to Provide Wellbeing specifically.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve, which runs down the arm and into the hand, is compressed where it passes through a small tunnel at the wrist. This tunnel contains the nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers and thumbs. CTS can occur at any age and in either men or women, but often affects women in their middle age.
The main symptom of CTS is an altered feeling in the hand that affects the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. The altered feeling is frequently described as tingling, with the feeling often being worse at night or first thing in the morning. In the early stages, numbness and tingling will be sporadic and regular sensation in your hand will return to normal. If the condition worsens, the tingling and numbness will become continuous, alongside weakness and the wasting of muscle at the base of the thumb. Carpal Tunnel Decompression relieves these symptoms with a simple procedure.
Out of the 105 Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery patients we surveyed in 2020-21, 99% rated our service positively.
If after your initial assessment it is advised that surgery is required, you can book a second 30-minute appointment where the surgery can take place. You can decide when this would be most convenient for you, taking into account recovery time.
It generally will take about three months to regain your full strength in the affected hand, but your hand can be used for light activities from the day you have your procedure. This means that you should be able to return to work as soon as you feel ready. The more that you use your hand, the quicker it will recover.
Many patients will be able to do all their normal work two weeks after the operation. However, if your work involves a lot of manual lifting, or work that involves a lot of repetitive finger and hand movements, you will need to start gently, and it may take a little longer for you to fully recover. Medical certificates can be provided at the time of surgery on request, should you need to show your employer.
Step 1 – Register with the clinic
Step 2 – Initial Assessment Session – 15 to 30 minute appointment
(Optional: Nerve Conduction Study if necessary to confirm Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
Step 3 – Surgery – 30 minute booked appointment (no gowning and no need to be in a bed)
Step 4 – Follow-up Assessment (Self-Pay Only)
Separate physiotherapy sessions are not necessary with this type of procedure.
A typical self-pay treatment plan usually costs £1,100 and includes an Initial Assessment and Surgical Appointment. However, a list of possible charges that may apply in certain circumstances are detailed below:
Nerve Conduction Study, if required – prices will depend on patient choice of provider and location
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is completed in about 20 minutes, so you won’t need to stay overnight, meaning you will be able to return home straight away. You should arrange transport to and from our treatment venue, as you will not be able to drive immediately following the procedure.
Once the procedure has been completed, you may feel some soreness for a couple of days which can be eased by taking a mild painkiller. Your clinician will provide you with additional information about what to do after the procedure.
You can find a full list of payment terms and conditions here.
To book an appointment or find out more information, please get in touch with our team.
Excellent information and good reassurance as I was unsure of myself. The nurse was excellent at keeping me calm.
Appointment on time, very helpful GP, discussed my problem at length and made decision promptly . Very happy with experience and easy parking which is so helpful in Colchester.
Whole experience was excellent, very professional. Reception very helpful and kind. Surgeon explained procedure in an easily understandable way and carried it out in a swift and efficient way. On the way home in less than an hour. Premises modern and in excellent condition.
Fantastic medical experience, superb staff, unhurried appointment, so much better than any hospital visit I have ever known. Many thanks
Very well run practice and very helpful staff, and thanks to the receptionist for going the extra mile with my next appointment problems.
It's a great place to be, friendly, the doctor was very helpful and explained my concerns very well. And personally I don't know such awesome place existed. Thanks to all nice people.
The receptionist greeted us warmly, took my details, then asked us if we wanted a drink then for us to sit. It was not long till the doctor came for me and allowed my son to accompany me. My examination was quite straight forward and the Doctor informed me that I had been suffering with carpal tunnel longer than I thought. He involved my son in the conversation which was good as I'm a bit hard of hearing, the doctor was very understanding to me, I have a date for my op, I thought all went well,and I was well looked after.
Extremely friendly staff on the reception who made me feel very calm and extremely welcome. The doctor I saw in my appointment was again very welcoming and accommodating, he happily answered all of the questions I could think of at the time and told me exactly what to expect when it comes to my next appointment.
Everything was very friendly, professional and caring; great experience, thank you.
First class service, on time and efficient.
Receptionist was very nice and friendly, from the moment I walked in the door I felt at ease, Dr Hein Leonhardt, was amazing from the first meeting, when it came to the op he explained what was going to happen and I even watched!
From my consultation to my operation for Carpal Tunnel the service was excellent. Dr Ali was very professional informative and made me feel at ease. The staff nurse who accompanied him during my operation was friendly and helpful with information for me to take away post my operation . I feel I will have no issues in returning in getting my other hand done. Thank you very much for giving my hand a new lease of life.
From the pleasant greeting, drinks available and nice settings, to the kind helpful doctor who was happy to answer any questions about the treatment. Can't fault the service.
Dr [Leonhardt] was excellent, explaining what the procedure entailed in an easy to understand and calm way. The procedure itself was pain free (apart from the initial anaesthetic which only lasts seconds anyway) The nurse (Lianne) was also exceptional and very easy to talk to. Her chatting made me feel at ease and not think about the procedure too! Good explanatory points made in relation to expectation of pain afterwards and exercises to help recovery - and notes were given too. Thank you so much.”
From the polite and friendly receptionist to the caring doctor and wonderful nurse, my entire experience was fantastic. Cannot sing praises loud enough.
I was an anxious patient. However ,the professionalism, the politeness, the kindness ,the advice of both the surgeon & the nurse calmed me. I felt secure & lucky that was under their care & not worried about the outcomes. The secretary was lovely as well. Great choice of employees. I cannot thank you enough as with this procedure, the pain that I have endured through the years hopefully will disappear...
The service was great and the doctor was very professional and so was the nurse Made me feel at ease and comfortable...the reception lady was very polite as soon as we arrived we were told to help our self to a drink so thank you all for your kindness to me and my wife. Best regards Mr & Mrs H 3/5/2023
Would recommend to anyone. Nice nurse, great surgeon. Thank you.