Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Mini-Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist area.
Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness and tingling sensation in all the fingers except the little finger; pain and burning sensation in hand & wrist that may radiate up the arm and elbow; and weakness in hand with diminished grip strength.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
If conservative treatment options fail to resolve the condition your surgeon may recommend surgical procedure.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with carpal tunnel release surgery. Traditional surgery involves up to a 2- inch incision in the palm and wrist area, whereas endoscopic surgery involves one or two half-an-inch incisions and the use of an endoscope. During the surgery, the transverse carpal ligament will be dissected to release the pressure on the median nerve and enlarge the carpal tunnel. Your surgeon will decide which options are best for you based on your general and medical conditions.
Postoperative Care for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Your surgeon may suggest you practice certain Postoperative procedures for better recovery and to avoid further complications.
- Elevate the hand above heart level to reduce swelling.
- A splint may be worn
- Ice packs to the surgical area to reduce swelling.
- Keep the surgical incision clean and dry. Cover the area with plastic wrap when bathing or showering.
- Physical therapy may be ordered to restore wrist strength.
- Eating a healthy diet and not smoking will promote healing
Risks and Complications of Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Most patients suffer no complications following carpal tunnel release surgery. However, some patients may suffer from pain, infections, scarring, and nerve damage causing weakness, paralysis, or loss of sensation and stiffness in the hand & wrist area.
Benefits of Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release may be performed as an outpatient procedure and you may go home the same day after your procedure. Some of the other benefits of endoscopic surgery compared to open carpal tunnel release include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter recovery period
- Faster return to normal activities