Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery
In-House Procedure Saves Time and Money
You are not alone if suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a condition can be caused by many factors, including heredity, repetitive hand use, hand/wrist position, pregnancy and more. Basically, carpal tunnel can develop when the structures in the wrist are compressed over time.
In most cases, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome begin gradually—without a specific injury. Many patients find that their symptoms come and go at first. However, as the condition worsens, symptoms may occur more frequently or may persist for longer periods of time.
Those afflicted often experience similar symptoms, including:
- Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain—primarily in the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
- Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
- Pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder
- Weakness and clumsiness in the hand—this may make it difficult to perform fine movements such as buttoning your clothes
- Dropping things—due to weakness, numbness or a loss of proprioception (awareness of where your hand is in space)
Christman Plastic Surgery Center Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
Surgery is the treatment of choice and recovery is often quick. Patients’ relief of symptoms is usually experienced very soon.
If the procedure is done under local anesthesia in the office O.R., there are significant savings in time and costs. Furthermore, general anesthesia can be avoided. The diagnosis is usually confirmed by electrodiagnostic testing, which is usually a nerve conduction test.
Cost Savings for Hand and Finger Surgeries
Hand and finger surgery can often be done safely, effectively, and much more economically, in the Christman Plastic Surgery Center operating room as contrasted with hospitals – thus saving patients many thousands of dollars, as well as saving time. This can be done under local anesthesia while the patient is awake, thus also saving anesthesiology expenses.
Such savings make it worthwhile for patients to travel 500 to 1,000 miles to Dayton, Ohio, where such procedures can save them a lot of money, even after considering travel expenses, lodging and more.
Some examples of the savings can be seen as follows, where pricing is listed including surgery fee, anesthesia, and facility fee, but does not include a pre-operative consultation:
Release (one finger)
|Ganglion Cyst Excision|
of Hand or Finger
* $150 Office Consultation Required
These charges include surgeon fee, facility fee and anesthesia fee – representing a tremendous saving over having such procedures performed in the hospital, which will typically charge $20,000 to $40,000 for the facility fee alone!
The procedures performed in Dr. Christman’s office operating room can save huge amounts for patients who have high deductible plans, HSA’s, high co-pays or are otherwise not insured. Other hand surgeries, such as tendon repairs, both acute and chronic, tumor or lesion removal can also represent huge savings. Many other surgeries in other parts of the body, such as skin cancers, lipomas, benign tumors and more can also be done cost-effectively in our office operating room.
The consultation fee for hand and finger surgery is only $150 and is necessary to evaluate the appropriateness of any surgical intervention. For patients coming from a distance, some of this might be handled via the phone or internet. People can save a lot of money having these procedures done here in our Dayton, Ohio offices. Oftentimes the financial discount gained far outweighs the travel considerations.