Open carpal tunnel surgery costs range from $2,450 to $4,600 for cash paying patients at facilities publishing prices openly on our site. Open carpal tunnel release tends to cost less (sometimes considerably less) than surgery done arthroscopically / endoscopically, though not always. Open surgery costs can also vary depending on what type of anesthesia is used (local, general, or none).
Open carpal tunnel surgery prices on our site usually include applicable facility, physician, and anesthesia fees. Sometimes the combined price is called a "bundled" or "global rate". Be sure to look for information on provider pages about what is included. It's also a good idea to talk to providers over the phone, not only to verify what a listed price represents, but also because most providers have additional services and information on pricing and payment that's not listed on their pages.
If you aren't careful, you could end up paying $5,000 to $10,000 or more for open carpal tunnel surgery at some facilities. The highest rates are usually at hospitals and other larger facilities, which can have very high "list" prices and offer discounts only to insurers and street-smart cash payers. There's no need to get caught paying outlandish rates if you ask about pricing and payment beforehand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the nerve (median nerve) going to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger is compressed, resulting in numbness and tingling. Through a small incision (about 2 cm), the transverse carpal tunnel ligament, (a band of tissue compressing the nerve) is visualized and cut, taking the compression off of the nerve.