Here is a catch-22 we used to see all too often for many of our patients:
Carpal tunnel syndrome interferes with your work and your hobbies making tasks miserable to accomplish. Performing these tasks, in fact, can aggravate your symptoms even more. Tingling, buzzing, and numbness in your fingers (thumb through ring finger), or pain traveling through your fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm are the most common complaints. Some will have pain and weakness that can interfere with fine motor skills and cause you to drop objects.
You need to find relief from these troubles, but the surgical procedures that can provide this for you have recovery times too long for you to reasonably leave your work to have them done.
In other words, you can’t leave an aggravator of your pain long enough to stop the pain from aggravating you! So maybe you just wear a brace and do your best to bear with it.
Nobody should have to do that, though. In an ideal world, work would be able to wait until you get the help you need before returning to it. Unfortunately, many careers don’t easily allow that—which is why we have started a new surgical procedure that shortens the treatment and recovery times instead!We are proud to be one of only a few practices in our region to begin providing ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release, a new, minimally-invasive option that can shorten your recovery time compared to more common carpal tunnel procedures down to a few days, without cumbersome splints and complicated dressings.
If you are suffering from chronic carpal tunnel pain and have been waiting on the right timing for a procedure, do not hesitate to call our office at (410) 709-3868. We would love to discuss the possibilities with you! And if you would like to know more about what you can expect from this new minimally invasive carpal tunnel treatment, read on.
The Benefits of Ultrasound-guided Carpal Tunnel Release
Ultrasound guided release of the carpal tunnel with the SX-One MicroKnife® requires only a very small incision of 4-5 mm, to allow the small instrument with a retractable blade to slide into the wrist through the carpal tunnel.
Because the incision is small, and the anatomy clearly visualized with ultrasound technology, discomfort in the surgical site is effectively prevented with only local anesthesia. Trauma to the surrounding tissue also needs minimal recovery time, and is typically achieved in 3-6 days (put in references). Some patients can return to work even sooner, although this doesn’t happen every time.
Traditional surgical procedures for carpal tunnel syndrome involve fully exposing the carpal tunnel (i.e. open surgery) or the use of an endoscope with a smaller incision.
While the endoscopic option tends to have a faster recovery time than open surgery due to the smaller opening that needs to be made, recovery periods for both procedures tend to be more prolonged compared to ultrasound guidance.
Additional benefits to ultrasound carpal tunnel release with the SX-One MicroKnife®:
- The procedure itself only takes a matter of minutes. On the day of the procedure, your total time with us should be less than 2 hours.
- The procedure can often be performed entirely within our office, negating the need for a hospital or surgical center.
- Local anesthesia is all that is needed for the procedure, and over-the-counter pain medication is typically all a patient may need during post-operative recovery.
- Sutures are rarely needed to close the incision. Adhesives strips are frequently more than enough.
- You will not need to wear a brace or cast to immobilize the hand during recovery, nor is any post-surgical physical therapy typically required.
Whether there may be any deviations from a typical procedure or recovery will largely depend on your condition, medical history, lifestyle needs, and other factors—but on the whole you should expect a faster and more comfortable recovery period compared to open or endoscopic surgeries.
Faster Treatment, Comprehensive Care
Just because ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release can get you back to your life faster does not mean you should also expect to be rushed through our doors.
No matter the condition, we always take the time to properly understand each patient’s situation and specific needs before ever making any recommendation on how to move forward, and we follow up thoroughly after the procedure and recovery to ensure everything is functioning as it should.
Do not wait any longer than you need to for the carpal tunnel relief you deserve. Contact our Towson office by calling (410) 709-3868 or by filling out our online contact form. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.