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On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 43 private orthopaedic surgeons and 214 private hospitals offering carpal tunnel surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £1,010 and £2,645. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Carpal tunnel release surgery, also known as carpal tunnel decompression, is an outpatient operation used as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). If non-surgical CTS treatments are unsuccessful, such as wearing wrist supports or steroid injections, your GP may discuss surgery as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel release surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure performed under a local anaesthetic. The operation takes about 20 minutes and you will go home the same day. A small incision is made in the palm of your hand and your surgeon will divide the carpal ligament to relieve pressure on the median nerve. Carpal tunnel surgery recovery time is around four weeks although grip strength may take up to 12 weeks to return.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for carpal tunnel surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Jump the carpal tunnel surgery NHS waiting list
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private specialist
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS 

Private Orthopaedic Surgeons in the UK

The following orthopaedic surgeons perform private carpal tunnel releases in the UK.

Gunaratnam Shyamalan (Shyam)

Consultant Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Nerve Surgeon

Solihull

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Sanjeev Bassi

Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon

London

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Nick Ferran

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

London

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Chris Little

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Oxford

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Michael Kurer

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

London

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Anthony Hearnden

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Surrey

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How do I choose a private Orthopaedic Surgeon?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in surgery?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many carpal tunnel operations do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • Will the operation be open or endoscopic (keyhole) surgery?

Which hospitals and clinics provide carpal tunnel surgery?

The following private hospitals and orthopaedic clinics offer private carpal tunnel procedures in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does carpal tunnel surgery cost?

If you're paying for yourself, a tonsillectomy typically costs. £1,790. (between £1,010 and £2,645) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your stay in hospital
  • Your private accommodation
  • Operating theatre fees
  • Any drugs and dressings that you need while in hospital
  • Surgeons' and anaesthetists' fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private carpal tunnel surgery covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you may be covered for this operation – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private hand surgeons are reluctant to see a patient unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual consultants to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the operation. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation. 

Didn't find what you're looking for?

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the operation. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation. 

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Medical information reviewed by:
  • Reviewed on 24-07-2019; next review scheduled for 24-07-2022
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.