Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that treats carpal tunnel syndrome. As opposed to traditional open carpal tunnel surgery, this procedure requires only a small incision on the palm side of the wrist that requires one suture and an even smaller second incision that is essentially a small poke hole that is closed with glue. The procedure uses tiny surgical equipment along with a tiny camera to release pressure on the nerve in the hand that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
After an endoscopic carpal tunnel release, the patient has less pain, quicker recovery and return to work compared to open carpal tunnel surgery. It also doesn’t require splints, and the only restriction is heavy lifting.
Recovery Time for Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Most patients who have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can resume normal activities and return to work as soon as they are comfortable after the 6-10 minute procedure. For some, that means missing only one or two days of work. For others, if the surgery is done on the dominant hand and the person's job requires heavy hand use with repetitive activities, full recovery could take several weeks.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgeon
While most everyone is a good candidate for endoscopic surgery, not every orthopedic hand surgeon is trained to do it. Dr. Marc Tanner is the only hand surgeon in Greenville currently doing this procedure.
Classic symptoms include numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and long half of the ring finger. The pain is worse at night and with repetitive activities.
Early intervention is preferred to keep symptoms from getting worse and preserve overall nerve health. If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome and are interested in this procedure, make an appointment today by calling 864-234-7654.
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