The first symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) often include numbness or tingling in your thumb, index and middle fingers that comes and goes. CTS may also cause discomfort in your wrist and the palm of your hand. The goal of carpal tunnel release surgery is to relieve pressure on the median nerve. The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel, (where your hand and wrist meet). The doctor then incises through the ligament to free the nerve. This procedure takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and may be done under either local anesthetic agents or monitored anesthesia care. Follow-up care includes suture removal and assessment of the incision site approximately 7 days following the procedure.