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Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

What is Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release?

During endoscopic carpal tunnel release, the transverse carpal tunnel ligament, which lies across the tendons and nerves in the wrist, is cut. This procedure is performed in order to create a space in the carpal tunnel and release the compressed medial nerve. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is performed using tiny surgical instruments and a video camera inserted through one or more small incisions.

Also Known As:

  • Minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Wrist surgery

Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is utilized in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and compression on the medial nerve.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

Non-surgical alternatives to endoscopic carpal tunnel release include rest, bracing, diuretics, physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections. Open carpal tunnel release is a surgical alternative to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is performed with local anesthesia.

Potential Complications from Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

Possible risks following endoscopic carpal tunnel release include scarring, pain, nerve damage, infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

The prognosis for a positive end result following endoscopic carpal tunnel release is very good for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. The prognosis is not as good for patients with severe nerve damage.

Recovery from Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release:

Recovery from endoscopic carpal tunnel release takes four to six weeks.

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