Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Minimize Repetitive Motion. Even the most basic, light tasks can lead to exacerbated symptoms when they’re performed in the exact same way over and over. Try using your hands and wrists in slightly different positions when you must perform repetitive motions.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery at the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation
In broad terms, there are two types of carpal tunnel release surgeries, open and endoscopic. If changes in behavior and other non-surgical treatment modalities fail to reverse symptoms after six months, then an orthopaedic surgeon at St. Luke’s Medical Center may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery.
Both types of surgeries relieve pressure on the median nerve by cutting (“releasing”) the transverse carpal ligament. The main difference between the two is as follows:
Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
An incision (up to two inches in length) is made on the palm, through which the surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Two half-inch incisions (typically where the palm meets the wrist and another closer to the center of the palm) are made. The orthopaedic surgeon inserts a small camera into the patient’s hand, which aids in cutting the transverse carpal ligament. Patients who undergo endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery in our Phoenix facilities usually enjoy a quicker recovery time and fewer post-op complications
For more information about carpal tunnel release surgery, call 1-877-351-WELL.