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Carpal Tunnel Decompression

We offer Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery which divides a ligament in your wrist to relieve discomfort and improve movement and feeling in your hand or wrist.
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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.

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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.

How can Carpal Tunnel Decompression help me?

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.

Treatment information

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.

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Our Process

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.

Pricing and appointments (Self-Pay)

Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery
1100

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:

Initial Assessment
200 (plus £50 if injection required)
Follow-up Appointment, if injection required for 2nd hand
150
Follow-up Appointment, if required post-injection, to establish whether surgery is appropriate
150

Nerve Conduction Study, if required – prices will depend on patient choice of provider and location

Surgical Appointment
900
Appointment for removal of stitches (in cases where soluble stitches are not suitable)
100
Follow-up Appointment with Surgeon
150 (not normally required)

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.

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    Carpal Tunnel Decompression Help & Resources

    If your job does not involve any heavy work, you can go back to work as soon as you feel ready following your carpal tunnel decompression surgery. If it does then you should take a whole week off to recover. You will recover quicker the sooner you return to normal...

    How soon will I be able to return to work after Carpal Tunnel Decompression?

    If your job does not involve any heavy work, you can go back to work as soon as you feel ready following your carpal tunnel decompression surgery. If it does then you should take a whole week off to recover. You will recover quicker the sooner you return to normal...
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    When the local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the hand you will feel some discomfort, but as soon as it takes effect, you should feel no pain. After your carpal tunnel decompression, you may have some degree of discomfort for 3-4 weeks requiring pain relief.

    Will Carpal Tunnel Decompression hurt?

    When the local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the hand you will feel some discomfort, but as soon as it takes effect, you should feel no pain. After your carpal tunnel decompression, you may have some degree of discomfort for 3-4 weeks requiring pain relief.
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    On average the carpal tunnel procedure takes about 20 minutes, but you will be at the surgery for around an hour.

    How long does the Carpal Tunnel Decompression procedure take?

    On average the carpal tunnel procedure takes about 20 minutes, but you will be at the surgery for around an hour.
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    The carpal tunnel operation is performed under a local anaesthetic and involves opening the roof of the tunnel to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Afterward, the site of the operation will be covered by a small adhesive dressing. We typically use soluble stitches which dissolve or fall out within...

    What happens during Carpal Tunnel Decompression surgery?

    The carpal tunnel operation is performed under a local anaesthetic and involves opening the roof of the tunnel to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Afterward, the site of the operation will be covered by a small adhesive dressing. We typically use soluble stitches which dissolve or fall out within...
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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed as it passes through a short tunnel at the wrist. This tunnel contains the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb as well as the nerve. CTS commonly affects women in middle age but can occur at any age...

    What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed as it passes through a short tunnel at the wrist. This tunnel contains the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb as well as the nerve. CTS commonly affects women in middle age but can occur at any age...
    Read more...

    Testimonials

    Fantastic service, so friendly and efficient

    J S, Carpal Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    Excellent service, from surgery and the team, quick service from original being referred.

    A F, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Very friendly and Dr explained everything very clearly

    J W, Carpal Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    Very happy with my experience

    D C, Carpal Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    Very good and very comfortable with all the staff

    C E, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Excellent

    J T, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    I was made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the minute I arrived and through the procedure.

    A W, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Really positive first time experiences

    C A, Carpal Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    The doctor I saw was amazing, I have anxiety and started having a panic attack in the middle of my appointment and he was so calming, he really helped me through it, honestly the best experience I've had with a doctor in years.

    K M, Carpal Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    The medical team were very professional and made me feel completely at ease. I would recommend Provide Wellbeing.

    L S, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Surgery Customer

    Very friendly and approachable doctor, lovely receptionist, and nice surrounding.

    Anonymous, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression (Assessment) Customer

    Lovely place very lovely staff. Operation done quickly. Great service.

    L M, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Very happy with the service. Everyone friendly and professional

    P S, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    I had an injection for carpal tunnel. The Dr was polite & friendly. Everything was explained & the injection was painless.

    D F, Carpal Tunnel Injection Customer

    Very polite and efficient service.

    E P, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Friendly, professional, comprehensive and easy.

    H G, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Really impressed with my first visit for an assessment and so efficient for a follow up so soon in January 2024.

    Anonymous, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    A very welcoming atmosphere with friendly, smiley staff. My doctor was kind and thorough and took time to listen...

    D S, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Excellent information and good reassurance as I was unsure of myself. The nurse was excellent at keeping me calm.

    R N, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer

    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.

    D G, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer

    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.

    M C, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Fantastic medical experience, superb staff, unhurried appointment, so much better than any hospital visit I have ever known. Many thanks

    S L, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer

    Very well run practice and very helpful staff, and thanks to the receptionist for going the extra mile with my next appointment problems.

    J C, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer, Provide HQ Clinic, Colchester

    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.

    M B, Carpal-Tunnel Decompression Customer, Provide HQ Clinic

    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.

    J G, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Provide HQ Clinic

    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.

    J G, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester

    Everything was very friendly, professional and caring; great experience, thank you.

    D C, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester

    First class service, on time and efficient.

    M M, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester Clinic

    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!

    Mrs G S, Carpel Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester

    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.

    Mrs J B, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester

    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.

    Mrs A T, Carpal Tunnel Assessment Customer

    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.”

    Mrs N P, Carpal Tunnel Decompression Customer, Colchester

    From the polite and friendly receptionist to the caring doctor and wonderful nurse, my entire experience was fantastic. Cannot sing praises loud enough.

    Mrs J C, Carpal Tunnel Customer, Colchester

    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...

    Mrs G K, Carpal Tunnel Patient, Colchester

    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

    Mr D J H, Carpal Tunnel Patient, Colchester

    Would recommend to anyone. Nice nurse, great surgeon. Thank you.

    Anonymous Carpal Tunnel Customer, Southend

    Meet our Clinicians

    Dr Ashraf Ali
    Dr Ashraf Ali  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Ali works as a General Practitioner in Colchester, having a GP trainer role at the practice, and joined Provide Wellbeing in 2019. Dr Ali is experienced in Carpal Tunnel Decompression and Vasectomies.
    Dr Alan Speers
    Dr Alan Speers  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Speers is a Clinician at Provide Wellbeing with special interests in Carpal Tunnel Decompression, No-Scalpel Vasectomy and Minor Skin Surgery.
    Dr Hein Leonhardt
    Dr Hein Leonhardt  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Leonhardt is a Clinician at Provide Wellbeing with special interests in Carpal Tunnel, No-Scalpel Vasectomy and Minor Skin Surgery.
    Dr Yen Lam
    Dr Yen Lam  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Lam has special interests in Carpal Tunnel Decompression and Vasectomies, and trained at King’s College, London and qualified in 1997.
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