Recent study found an 8.3% incidence of regional pain following carpal tunnel surgery regardless of anesthetic technique.
I have seen people so surprised that following their carpal tunnel surgery, they were still in pain. Given the stats, it is not all that surprising.
COSTA, Veronica Vieira da; OLIVEIRA, Sandro Barbosa de; FERNANDES, Maria do Carmo Barreto and SARAIVA, Renato Ângelo.
Incidence of regional pain syndrome after carpal tunnel release: is there a correlation with the anesthetic technique?.
Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2011, vol.61, n.4 [cited 2011-09-20], pp. 429-433 free article here
- prior articles pegged “incidence of 2.1% to 5% after carpal tunnel release” for regional pain
- women in in 40’s and 50’s higher risk
- If regional block (blood pressure cuff used to keep iv administered local in), a prior study found clonidine in the IV may reduce problems but they did not find this.