Carpal tunnel surgery in Bristol – a patient guide

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If you’re looking at having your carpal tunnel surgery in Bristol, finding a hospital and learning about what to expect from the procedure is likely your current priority.

Bristol itself is home to a long list of healthcare providers, all capable of carrying out the surgery. But the questions are: which is best suited to your specific needs? And how can you find out which is going to be the best facility for you?

Our dedicated article aims to help you find all the information you need.

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Bristol carpal tunnel surgery at a glance

  • Waiting time: 4-6 weeks
  • Cost: £2,049
  • Ways to pay: self-pay and insured
  • Hospital stay: same-day recovery
  • Procedure time: 10-20 minutes

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Where can you get a private carpal tunnel operation in Bristol?

Bristol has many healthcare providers that can carry out carpal tunnel surgery. The question is: which is the best one for you?

First, you’ll need to think about the location. How close is it to you? Is it going to be easy for you to get there? How accessible is it?

The map below highlights all the hospitals in the Bristol area. It should give you an idea of which is going to best serve you from a location perspective. The purple pin indicates the location of Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green.

Map of carpal tunnel surgery providers in Bristol

At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green, we are easily accessible from the east and north via the M4.

The M3, M3X, Y1, and 49 buses also stop at the Willy Wicket pub or Emerald Park. Both are within a 10 minute walk of the hospital.

If you’re travelling from Wales, you may be eligible for our transport help service. Please call 0330 053 6441 for more details.

The cost of private carpal tunnel surgery in Bristol

At Practice Plus Group, we strive to offer all our self-pay and insured patients transparent and honest pricing. This means that with us, there are no hidden costs or charges. We’re not trying to catch you out. Take a look at the table below to see how we stack up against other local private healthcare providers:

Healthcare providerConsultation feePrice of carpal tunnel surgeryTotal cost
Practice Plus Group£95£2,049£2,144
Nuffield Healthfrom £150£2,580£2,730
Spire Healthcarefrom £200£3,170£3,370

What’s included?

As part of our commitment to transparency, the price you see is the price you pay. And in the case of carpal tunnel surgery at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green, this comes to £2,144. This includes any basic tests you might need in the initial consultation to diagnose your condition. It will also cover any necessary post-op medication to help get you back to your best.

Paying for yourself

You can pay for yourself in a single, one-off transaction. You might have money stashed away in savings or put aside for times like these. Either way, if you choose this option, you’ll get fast access to high-quality healthcare.

Using health insurance

Some private health insurance plans may cover part or all of the costs associated with your carpal tunnel surgery. Before you embark on planning your procedure, make sure that:

Finance options

If you want to pay for yourself but don’t have the ability to pay the full amount upfront, there’s no need to worry. As part of our commitment to making healthcare accessible, we’ve introduced finance options. This means you can spread the cost of your treatment over time to make it more manageable.

Carpal tunnel surgery waiting times in Bristol

If you’re having hand and wrist surgery in Bristol with the NHS, the current waiting time is around 11 months from your initial appointment1.

At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green, the waiting time for private carpal tunnel surgery is just 4-6 weeks from your initial consultation.

Choosing the right carpal tunnel surgeon shouldn’t be a difficult process. With our wide network of first-class healthcare professionals, you won’t be looking for long. To help you narrow down your search, you can use our website to filter by treatment, location, and language to browse our Bristol-based hand and wrist surgeons.

Surgeon Q&A

Patient question: How long does carpal tunnel release surgery take?

Surgeon answer: Typically between 10-20 minutes depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s specific need.

Patient question: When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

Surgeon answer: This depends on the type of work you do. Manual labour should be avoided for at least a few months after surgery. Those with a desk job should be able to return sooner but may need to make adjustments to their workspace.

Patient question: How long will it take to recover?

Surgeon answer: You can start to use your hand and wrist for light duties provided there is no pain or discomfort. It is recommended that you avoid using your hand and wrist for any strenuous or heavy activities for at least six weeks after carpal tunnel surgery, until you have completely recovered.

What to expect at Emersons Green, Bristol

So, you’ve decided to come aboard the good ship Practice Plus Group. Hope you like the purple sails! Now it’s about time we gave you some details on your upcoming carpal tunnel release surgery with us. Take a look below for more information on what to expect.

Location and how to get there

Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green is located to the north-east of Bristol, off M4 junction 19.

The M3, M3X, Y1, and 49 buses also stop at the Willy Wicket pub or Emerald Park. Both are within a 10 minute walk of the hospital.

If you’re travelling from Wales, you may be eligible for our transport help service. Please call 0330 053 6441 for more details.

Who is accepted for treatment?

As long as you’re eligible for surgery, you’ll be accepted for treatment. One thing you’ll have to think about is how you want to access your surgery. This is done either through self-pay, insurance, or the NHS. You should bear in mind that patients cannot mix and match their treatment pathways – or, in plain English, you can’t start off as a self-pay patient and then switch to the NHS for your treatment.

Hand surgery and treatments offered

At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green, we don’t just offer treatment for carpal tunnel release. We also offer more conservative methods of dealing with the issue. This includes carpal tunnel injections.

One injection is given to see if this is the right therapy for you. If one injection has proved effective but the condition returns (which it sometimes does) this form of treatment may be repeated after a period of time.

Preparing for your carpal tunnel surgery

Your carpal tunnel release surgery with us doesn’t start and end at Emersons Green. We’re here to guide and help you every step of the way. From when you receive your treatment plan, to making travel arrangements and what you should wear on the big day, our preparing for surgery guide will give you all the information you need.

Your consultation

During your initial consultation, your consultant will need to get to the bottom of your issue and give you a diagnosis. To do this, he or she may need to perform certain tests and ask about your medical history. This is all included in the £95 consultation fee and once it’s been completed, there’s no obligation for you to progress to treatment.

During the procedure

Your surgeon will make a small incision in the wrist which enables them to release the carpal ligaments. They’ll then stitch up the cut and apply heavy bandaging to ensure minimal wrist movement. The local anaesthesia will likely wear off a few hours after the procedure. Once your doctor gives you the all clear you should be free to go home.

Carpal tunnel operation recovery in Bristol

Following carpal tunnel surgery, you’ll be able to return home on the same day.

Recovering from carpal tunnel surgery is a great opportunity to put your feet up. During your recovery, you’ll be issued with painkillers to help you manage any discomfort. You should be able to return to daily activities around four to six weeks after the procedure.

Why choose Practice Plus Group for your carpal tunnel surgery?

The answer is simple: we put our patients at the heart of everything we do. From our transparent pricing to our highly experienced healthcare professionals, providing you with the very best experience possible is our number one priority.


We have 10 hospitals and surgical centres dotted across the UK, so you’re unlikely to ever be too far from a Practice Plus Group facility. Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green (previously known as Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre) boasts a 100% clean record for hospital acquired infections. We’re rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and are open 6am-9pm Monday-Friday and 6am-6pm Saturdays.

Success rate

In March 2024, 97.6% of 968 Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green patients surveyed rated their service as “Good”. By April 2024, this figure came in at 95.8% of 987 patients.


Our commitment to quality healthcare means we strive to ensure all our patients receive the best healthcare experience possible. But don’t just take our word for it! Take a look at the words of some of our Emersons Green hernia repair patients below.

How to book carpal tunnel surgery in Bristol

If you’re sick of the discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, please give our Private Patient Care team a call today on 0333 060 5584.

Alternatively, fill out our quick and simple online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Sources and references

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