Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, like many conditions has evolved over the years. The incisions for carpal tunnel surgery used to be quite large and extensive, and the surgery itself led to a lot of discomfort and morbidity after the procedure. Recent efforts have been directed at minimizing the invasiveness of carpal tunnel surgery, and there are number of different techniques that have been devised to accomplish this. This is something you should talk to your hand surgeon about and ask them what their recommended method of treatment is and what the alternatives are. It will lead you to come to a conclusion as to the best way to manage your carpal tunnel syndrome.