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Navigating Carpal Tunnel Release Costs

Navigating Carpal Tunnel Release Costs

Make sure you're asking the critical questions to make the best decision for your care

Not all hospitals achieve the same results

Carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive surgery that can ease pain and increase mobility in your hands and wrists. But not all hospitals will produce the same result. Some are more reliable than others. With the help of the HSS Hospital Cost Estimator, you can make sure you're asking the critical questions to find the hospital that's right for you. Understanding the data points below will help you avoid unnecessary setbacks and avoidable costs. Learn why we chose these factors.


Carpal Tunnel Release Overview


Surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the median nerve of the hand by cutting the carpal ligament. Often performed endoscopically.


Takes place in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center.

Length of hospital stay

Most patients go home the same day.

Services included

The hospital price estimate includes:

  • Care in the operating room
  • Tests and X-rays done in the hospital
  • Medications given in the hospital
  • Nursing and physical therapy in the hospital

Other professional services, such as those provided by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, are billed for separately.

Young man patient posing happily on a busy city sidewalk

Peter  New York, NY New York, NY

My doctor did an amazing job. The hand surgical unit staff at HSS is also outstanding, & they have a concierge who was so kind & thoughtful to my family, keeping them updated during my surgery. Overall, the entire experience felt less like surgery and more like a doctor’s visit.

Carpal Tunnel

Success Rate


Of HSS patients reported improvement within 12 months after their treatment

Out of 23 responses, 67% response rate

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2020

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My family, friends & clients could not believe and were impressed with my recovery time.

Michelle, Carpal Tunnel

Patient Experience

Of patients would recommend HSS; over the national average of 72%

Source: CMS Care Compare



HSS In-Hospital



Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Avoidable Hospital Visits





Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Senior woman shows off a brightly covered wrist brace


From my first visit to my last, the staff was the most caring, knowledgeable, and emphatic people I have ever met.

Lucy, Wrist Injury/Condition

Procedure Volume

Carpal tunnel releases per year

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2019

Cost Efficiency

Less expensive over time than the national average

0.92 HSS vs. 1.0 National. Lower is better.
Hospital overall 30-day episode cost ratio.

Source: CMS Care Compare


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Get an estimate in 2 simple steps

Step 1: Download the Hospital Cost Estimator

The Hospital Cost Estimator gives you valuable data about your procedure to think about alongside price. Our helpful worksheet makes it easy for you to compare different hospitals.

Step 2: Use the calculator to get your price

Use our calculator tool to get your personalized price estimate. Record that number on the Hospital Cost Estimator you just downloaded for a complete picture of the services you'd be paying for.