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The surgery (generally done as an open procedure under local anaesthetic) cuts a ligament over the nerve to decompress it, and this has a very high success rate. There are complications - it may not work, may come back, the scar and hand can be painful and tender for a while, and there is a small risk of injuring the nerve. In most circumstances it is worth trying simpler measure including wrist splints or maybe injections first, but surgery overall is reliable and safe. It can also be done with a 'keyhole' approach but this isn't as widespread as the open approach.
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