Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Do you feel numbness or tingling sensation in the hand, wrist, and arm? If so, it is likely to be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. At medbros surgery, we perform endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery to provide long-lasting relief to patients. Get in touch with us and book a consultation with our highly experienced orthopedic surgeons.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed as it passes through the narrow passageway known as the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This compression can lead to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. Here’s an overview of carpal tunnel syndrome, including its causes, treatment options, and surgical interventions:

Causes: The exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is not always clear, but it can result from a combination of factors:

  1. Anatomy: The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist formed by bones and a ligament. If the tunnel becomes narrowed due to swelling or other factors, it can compress the median nerve.
  2. Repetitive Movements: Repeatedly performing certain hand and wrist movements, especially those involving bending and flexing the wrist, can contribute to inflammation and compression of the median nerve.
  3. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and obesity, can increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
  4. Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to fluid retention and increased pressure within the carpal tunnel.

Treatment Options: The treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of symptoms and the underlying cause. Non-surgical treatments are often tried initially, and surgery is considered when conservative measures do not provide sufficient relief. Here are the common treatment options:

  1. Rest and Modification of Activities: Avoiding or modifying activities that exacerbate symptoms can help reduce pressure on the median nerve.
  2. Wrist Bracing: Wearing a wrist brace or splint at night can help keep the wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on the median nerve.
  3. Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
  4. Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help improve wrist and hand strength and flexibility.
  5. Ergonomic Modifications: Making ergonomic changes to your workspace or adjusting the way you perform tasks can help reduce strain on the wrist.

Surgical Intervention: If non-surgical treatments do not provide adequate relief or if the condition is severe, surgical intervention may be considered. Carpal tunnel release surgery is a common procedure that involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve. There are two main techniques for carpal tunnel release:

  1. Open Carpal Tunnel Release: A small incision is made at the base of the palm, and the ligament is cut to create more space for the median nerve.
  2. Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: Smaller incisions are made, and a tiny camera and instruments are inserted to visualize and cut the ligament.

Surgical intervention can provide significant relief from symptoms in many cases, but recovery times and outcomes can vary. Physical therapy or hand exercises may be recommended after surgery to aid in recovery and improve hand strength and flexibility.

If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome or are experiencing symptoms such as pain, numbness, or tingling in your hand and fingers, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment recommendations tailored to your individual needs.

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