Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

What is Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the nerves and tendons in the wrist don’t have enough room where they travel through the narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel. This puts pressure on the nerves, causing pain, tingling, and loss of mobility. It can occur because of overuse of the hand but also because of other health conditions.

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Why Would I Need Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release?

Some patients can achieve relief with non-surgical treatments, but others find best results with surgery. Typically, your orthopedic hand specialist will recommend surgery if you haven’t found relief with non-surgical treatments or if it’s determined that your carpal tunnel is severe enough to impact the long-term health of the nearby muscles.

What Can I Expect From Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release?

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release can be performed as an outpatient procedure. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the hand and wrist so you’re comfortable. Your orthopedic hand surgeon will create a tiny incision through which an endoscope can be inserted. An endoscope is a long, flexible tube with a live-feed camera at the end. With an endoscope, your orthopedic hand surgeon can use very small tools guided by the camera to cut the ligament, avoiding the need for open surgery. Once the process is complete, your incision will be dressed and made ready for your recovery.

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Aftercare

Carpal tunnel surgery typically requires wearing a splint or heavy bandage for a few weeks. It’s important to move your fingers around during this time but avoid activities or job duties that require repetitive movements like typing, grasping, or twisting. You’ll be given prescription medications and instructions on how to manage swelling or discomfort. Typically, your orthopedic hand specialist will recommend physical therapy to help regain mobility in your hand. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is usually very successful at relieving symptoms and can achieve long-term improvement.

Schedule a Consultation at the Regional Hand Center

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is one of the most effective ways to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms. To meet with our team of orthopedic hand specialists and learn more about your options, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Whether you are planning a procedure or you are interested in options for treatment, the professional and caring Regional Hand Center team makes it easy to find the answers you need. For an appointment or answers to your questions, call (559) 322-HAND.

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