The carpal tunnel refers to the narrow passageway, which is formed by the wrist bones, that runs from the wrist to the hand. Several structures pass through the carpal tunnel, including nine tendons and the median nerve. In some patients, the carpal tunnel becomes too crowded or the tendons/soft tissue swells, resulting in pressure on the median nerve by the non-yielding transverse carpal ligament. This causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome results in pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers. These side effects typically affect the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. These sensations may worsen at night. The condition can also cause a weak grip.
If your carpal tunnel syndrome is causing significant discomfort and inhibiting your daily function, Dr. Steven Bailey may recommend endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Patients from Kennesaw, Marietta, Atlanta, and other areas of Georgia can undergo endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery at The Hand Center at Crawford Plastic Surgery.
The Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery Procedure
Dr. Bailey will create a small incision in the forearm, just above the wrist, providing access to the carpal tunnel and transverse ligament. An endoscope, a device with a camera and light, is inserted beneath the ligament. The images taken by the camera are projected onto a large screen to guide Dr. Bailey as he performs surgery.
Dr. Bailey will then use the scope?s blade to release the transverse ligament, relieving its pressure on the median nerve, by completely dividing the transverse carpal ligament. This approach enables surgeons to release the ligament without damaging surrounding structures, such as the muscles and skin.
Recovery after Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
After the surgery is complete, we will apply bandages and you will be sent home to recover. You may resume light activities immediately after surgery, but should avoid using the treated hand for more heavy lifting or strenuous activities for about one month after surgery. Most patients feel recovered enough after one week to return to work and most other normal activities.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery Benefits
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery offers many benefits over traditional, open surgeries:
- Patients can expect faster recovery
- Smaller incision length (not located on the palm)
- Patients only require light dressing after surgery
To find out if endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can effectively treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, contact The Hand Center at Crawford Plastic Surgery.