If your carpal tunnel syndrome has progressed to the point where braces and over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t keeping symptoms in check, your doctor may recommend surgery. It’s understandable to be concerned about the impact an operation would have on your busy schedule, but ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release with the SX-One MicroKnife is widely known for its minimal recovery time.
Comparing Carpal Tunnel Surgery Options
Carpal tunnel surgery, also known as carpal tunnel release (CTR) or carpal tunnel decompression surgery, involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament (TCL) on the palm side of your hand to relieve pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. If the ligament can be severed without harming nearby structures, the procedure results in permanent symptom relief.
Open surgery involves the surgeon using a two-inch incision on the wrist and conventional surgical instruments to sever the carpal ligament and enlarge the carpal tunnel. Endoscopic surgery uses two half-inch incisions and a fiberoptic scope called an endoscope to guide the cutting of the ligament. Endoscopic surgery is usually a bit easier to recover from than open surgery, but this can vary according to the individual. After surgery, patients are required to wear a splint on their wrist for one or two weeks until the sutures are removed. Heavy lifting and strenuous movements should be avoided for four weeks. Physical therapy is often needed, and it can be three to four months before grip strength returns.
Cutting Edge Carpal Tunnel Treatment Plan
Ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release with the SX-One MicroKnife is a new alternative that appeals to patients with busy schedules that don’t allow for an extended recovery time. This procedure uses ultrasound to view critical anatomy in the wrist and hand before creating space to transect the TCL. There is a small incision that can be easily closed without sutures. Most patients are able to return to work within three to six days. There is generally no need for time-consuming and expensive post-operative physical therapy.
Contact Our Office Today to Get Treatment for Your Carpal Tunnel
Dr. Eric H. Williams, a nerve expert who specializes in reconstructive surgery and pain relief, offers ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release to help patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome get back to making the most of each day. Learn more about your options for quickly and effectively addressing your carpal tunnel pain by contacting our Towson office.