This medical illustration series depicts carpal tunnel syndrome and median nerve release surgery on the LEFT hand. Shows normal carpal tunnel region of the wrist with the transverse carpal ligament, flexor tendons and median nerve. Next two graphics display median nerve compression (neuropathy), with the areas of pain and numbness. Surgical steps: A. incision made into the palm and wrist exposing the carpal tunnel; B. Incision of the transverse carpal ligament; and 3. Surgical release of the median nerve. more