Carpal tunnel syndrome is a problem that affects the wrist and hand. It can make even simple tasks difficult to do. But this syndrome can be treated and symptoms can be controlled. Your doctor will perform an exam to learn about your symptoms and, once diagnosed, he may speak to you about symptom relief or, if your symptoms are severe, he may recommend surgery. If you do have surgery, you are likely to go home on the same day. However, surgery is not always necessary and there are several other ways this syndrome may be treated, as recommended by your physician.