Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that treats carpal tunnel syndrome. As opposed to traditional open carpal tunnel surgery, this procedure requires only a small incision on the palm side of the wrist that requires one suture and an even smaller second incision that is essentially a small poke hole that is closed with glue. The procedure uses tiny surgical equipment along with a tiny camera to release pressure on the nerve in the hand that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. After an endoscopic carpal tunnel release, the patient has less pain, quicker recovery and return to work compared to open carpal tunnel surgery. It also doesn’t require splints, and the only restriction is heavy lifting.
Open carpal tunnel surgery
During open carpal tunnel surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut, which releases pressure on the median nerve and relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. An incision is made at the base of the palm of the hand. This allows the doctor to see the transverse carpal ligament. After the ligament is cut, the skin is closed with stitches. The gap where the ligament was cut is left alone and eventually fills up with scar tissue.If you have open carpal tunnel release surgery, you typically do not need to stay in the hospital. It is usually done under local anesthetic, and you can go home on the same day.