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Carpal tunnel syndrome and median nerve release surgery on the RIGHT hand. Depicts color-coded areas of pain and numbness in the thumb and fingers. The second and third illustrations display median nerve compression (neuropathy) in the carpal tunnel. The last three images show surgical steps: A. An incision made into the palm and wrist exposing the carpal tunnel; B. Incision of the transverse carpal ligament; and 3. Surgical release of the compressed median nerve.