Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Specialist

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Restore your arm’s function through carpal tunnel syndrome treatment
  • Fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 5000 surgeries performed

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition affecting the hand and wrist and is often experienced by individuals who do repetitive tasks or have underlying health issues. Pregnant women, diabetics, and those with rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk of developing CTS. If left untreated, it could lead to the following:

  • Worsened numbness and tingling, affecting daily activities
  • Weakened grip strength, making it difficult to hold objects
  • Chronic pain, causing constant discomfort
  • Permanent nerve and muscle damage, leading to loss of function

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Early detection and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome can prevent further damage and long-term complications. If you’re experiencing the following signs, consult your doctor immediately:

Numbness and tingling

These sensations occur due to the median nerve being compressed, affecting your thumb, index, and middle fingers.

Weakness in the hand

Prolonged compression of the median nerve results in decreased strength and coordination.

Pain in the hand and wrist

Increased pressure on the median nerve results in pain that can even radiate up your arm.

Swollen sensation in fingers

Though your fingers may not appear swollen, it may feel swollen as a result of the median nerve being pinched, leading to discomfort in the fingers.

Don’t wait for your carpal tunnel syndrome to worsen.
Get CTS diagnosis and treatment today.

Ease your hand pain and restore your hand’s full function while preventing further damage and potential long-term complications.
Early detection and proper treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome can help you regain your hand’s strength and dexterity so you can enjoy your favourite activities without worry.

Am I a Candidate for
Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated through non-invasive means, but for some cases, surgery may be optimal. Your orthopaedic specialist will consider the following factors before recommending surgical treatment:

Severity of symptoms: If the symptoms you feel from carpal tunnel syndrome are severe and disrupt daily activities, surgery might be the right choice to alleviate discomfort and restore function.
Recurrence and frequency of symptoms: Long-lasting symptoms might indicate that non-surgical treatments aren't enough, making surgery a more suitable option for relief.
Nerve conduction studies: Orthopaedic specialists consider the results of nerve conduction studies to determine if your median nerve damage is severe enough to warrant surgery.

How long does it take to recover from carpal tunnel surgery?

The recovery period usually takes several weeks. However, the timeline can vary depending on factors like the severity of the condition, the type of surgery performed, and individual healing rates.

Can carpal tunnel syndrome come back after surgery?

Although it’s possible for CTS symptoms to return after surgery, the likelihood is generally low. Maintaining proper hand and wrist ergonomics, addressing underlying health conditions, and avoiding repetitive strain can help reduce the risk of recurrence.

When Is The Best Time To Have Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

It's generally recommended to consider surgery when conservative treatments aren't providing relief or when symptoms have become severe and disrupt daily activities. In some cases, early intervention may be necessary to prevent permanent nerve damage. However, the decision for treatment ultimately falls on the orthopaedic surgeon, who will consider factors, such as the severity of your symptoms, the effectiveness of non-surgical treatments, and your overall health, to determine the most appropriate time for surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery Process

Recovery Period What to Expect
Immediately after surgery
(1-2 days):
  • Mild pain and discomfort around the surgical site
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Wearing a bandage or splint to keep the wrist stable
  • Keeping the hand elevated to reduce swelling
  • Taking pain relievers as prescribed by your doctor
First few weeks after surgery
(Week 0-2):
  • Gradual reduction in pain and swelling
  • Stitches removal (if not dissolvable)
  • Wearing a splint or brace for support
  • Beginning gentle range-of-motion exercises to reduce stiffness
  • Avoiding heavy lifting or forceful gripping
Several weeks after surgery
(Week 2-6):
  • Continued improvement in hand and wrist function
  • Gradual increase in the range of motion and strength
  • Starting hand therapy or occupational therapy for rehabilitation
  • Performing strengthening exercises as recommended by your therapist
  • Returning to light daily activities but still avoiding heavy lifting or forceful gripping
First few months after surgery
(Week 6-12):
  • Noticeable improvement in hand and wrist strength
  • Resuming normal daily activities and work tasks
  • Continued hand therapy, if necessary
  • Further improvement in grip strength and dexterity
  • Possible return to sports or other recreational activities, as advised by your doctor or therapist
Several months after surgery
(12 weeks onwards):
  • Full recovery for most patients
  • Continued strengthening exercises to maintain hand function
  • Monitoring for any signs of CTS recurrence
  • Adhering to proper ergonomics and wrist care to prevent future issues

Can I Use Medisave For Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Yes, you can use Medisave to offset the cost of your procedure.
Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.
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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve, often resulting from repetitive hand or wrist motions, underlying health conditions, or wrist injuries. Factors like pregnancy, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis can also increase the risk of developing CTS.

    How long does it take to recover from carpal tunnel surgery?

    Recovery from carpal tunnel surgery usually takes several weeks to a few months. However, the timeline can vary depending on factors like the severity of the condition, the type of surgery performed, and individual healing rates.

    How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

    To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, focus on maintaining proper hand and wrist posture, taking regular breaks from repetitive tasks, and doing wrist-strengthening exercises. Addressing underlying health conditions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help lower your risk.

    Can carpal tunnel syndrome affect both hands?

    Yes, carpal tunnel syndrome can affect both hands, though it’s more common in the dominant hand. In some cases, individuals may experience symptoms in one hand first, followed by the other hand at a later time.

    What is the difference between carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis?

    While both carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis can cause hand and wrist pain, they’re different conditions. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve, whereas arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that may be due to various factors, such as wear and tear, autoimmune disorders, or infections.

    Can carpal tunnel syndrome cause shoulder pain?

    Although carpal tunnel syndrome primarily affects the hand and wrist, it can sometimes cause discomfort that radiates up the arm and into the shoulder. However, if you’re experiencing isolated shoulder pain, it’s essential to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis.