Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel
Dr. Bill Barnes is one of just a few orthopaedic surgeons in the Middle Georgia region performing an endoscopic carpal tunnel, which is an innovative approach to carpal tunnel release that leads to less pain for the patient and dramatically shorter recovery periods.
About Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel release
This procedure is performed to relieve pressure on the median nerve, alleviating the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome and restoring normal sensation to the hand and fingers. The endoscopic technique, performed on an outpatient basis, creates less pain and scarring than traditional open surgery and allows for a quicker recovery.
A Small Incision is Created
The surgeon creates a small incision in the wrist. A second small incision may be created in the palm.
A Guide is Inserted
A guide is inserted between the transverse carpal ligament and the median nerve. The guide will protect the median nerve during the surgery. Endoscope Inserted The surgeon inserts an endoscope through the incision and underneath the transverse carpal ligament. The endoscope has a light and a small video camera that sends images to a TV monitor in the operating room, allowing the surgeon to view the inside of the wrist and hand.
A Ligament is Released
Using the video images from the endoscope as a guide, the surgeon cuts the constricting transverse carpal ligament. This relieves pressure on the median nerve.
After the Surgery
Once the ligament has been released, the surgical instruments are removed. A splint may be applied to the wrist to restrict movement while the transverse carpal ligament and median nerve heal. Hand rehabilitation therapy is administered during recovery to help restore wrist and hand strength.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Learn more about the causes and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in the educational video below. You can find more educational materials in our Patient Education section.