Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when there is increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the hand toward the wrist. An endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a camera-assisted, minimally invasive surgical technique that reduces pressure on the median nerve.
Compared to the traditional open approach procedures, the endoscopic technique allows for a faster recovery and less pain post-operation. In this procedure, surgeons use an endoscope—a small device with a camera on it—to see the inside of the carpal tunnel and perform the surgery through a small incision.
Board-certified and fellowship-trained hand surgeon Dr. David Boles is an expert in treating carpal tunnel syndrome and performs the advanced endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?
Based on the patient’s history and physical examination, Dr. Boles will identify the condition of the median nerve sensitivity and numbness. He may also order an electromyography (EMG), a type of electrical study, to determine the forearm and hand nerve function.
When is surgery recommended?
Patients who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome typically experience numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger.
Conservative treatments, such as splinting, NSAIDs, and injections are suggested to patients prior to considering surgical intervention. If those conservative options do not provide adequate relief for the pain and numbness, Dr. Boles will suggest surgery to help relieve the pressure.
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