Endoscopic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers effective Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment. Boyd W. Haynes III, MD, a Board-Certified, Fellowship-trained Sports Medicine specialist, performs Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release at OSC. Dr. Haynes is the only orthopaedic specialist on the Virginia Peninsula to offer this advanced surgical technique for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Dr. Haynes has performed thousands of Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release procedures since he first started using this technique in 1993.
What Are The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
A commonly reported complaint from those with CTS is that they tend to wake up at night from the numbness and tingling in their hand, and that they must shake their hand in order to “awaken” the fingers. Sometimes, the fingers go to sleep when the patient is driving or reading. For many patients, the most annoying symptom is the waking at night, which disturbs their sleep pattern and makes for a difficult time staying alert during normal daytime activities.
If you are diagnosed with CTS, there are many non-surgical Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatments that can be tried, such as:
- Taking Ibuprofen of Naproxen
- Physical Therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Cortisone injections into the affected area
Unfortunately, studies show that more than 50% of those diagnosed with CTS will eventually require surgical intervention to take the compression off the median nerve and to try to prevent further damage.
How is Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery Different?
There are two types of Carpal Tunnel Release procedures, Open and Endoscopic.
- In the Open Release, a 1-inch incision is made
in the middle of the bottom of the palm to allow the surgeon to visualize the Carpal Tunnel and the structures within. The surgeon uses regular surgical instrumentation for the procedure.
- For the Endoscopic Release, a 1/4-inch incision is made in the wrist and a cannula is inserted into the incision.
An Endoscope, a very small fiber-optic camera, is then inserted into the cannula. This allows the surgeon to visualize the Carpal Tunnel. The surgeon uses smaller, specialized surgical instruments through the cannula to perform Carpal Tunnel surgery.
- Both surgeries allow for the surgeon to release the Carpal ligament, which in turn relieves the pressure on the Median Nerve.
Benefits of Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery:
- Outpatient Procedure – You are home the same day
- Smaller Incision
- Less Blood Loss
- Less Scarring
- Reduction in post-operative pain
- Quicker recovery time (2-3x quicker)
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Immediate symptom relief
- Return to work with no restrictions, as soon as you are comfortable
- Recurrence is rarely reported after Carpal Tunnel surgery
If you are concerned you may suffer from CTS, get a definitive diagnosis and learn about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment options. Call 757-596-1900. Our staff will be happy to coordinate your personal consultation with Dr. Haynes.