Standard surgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome include open carpal tunnel release surgery and endoscopic carpal runnel release surgery, according to WebMD. In both procedures, surgeons cut the transverse carpal ligament to alleviate pressure to the median nerve of the wrist.
Open carpal tunnel release surgery has a longer recovery time and leaves behind a larger scar, as WebMD reports. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery has a significantly shorter recovery time and creates smaller scars that tend to heal with less pain. However, one downside to endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is that the procedure carries a slightly higher risk of complications.