Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common wrist condition that affects three to six percent of all adults. When the median nerve is pinched by the surrounding structures, individuals may experience pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand and wrist. If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor may recommend percutaneous carpal tunnel release to relieve your symptoms. This minimally invasive procedure promotes faster recovery than open surgery and can get you back to a pain-free life as quickly as possible.
The talented orthopedic surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic are committed to helping their patients relieve carpal tunnel pain through innovative and minimally invasive procedures. We are dedicated to providing our patients first-class care as we prioritize your health, comfort, and safety. When you trust us with your health, you can rest assured that your care is in the dependable hands of an experienced orthopedic specialist.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow corridor formed by the small carpal bones in your wrist and the band of connective tissue known as the transverse carpal ligament. This passageway allows the median nerve and the tendons connected to your fingers to move your wrist. When the median nerve becomes compressed, it may cause tingling, pain, and loss of motion in the hand and wrist.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor will likely recommend more conservative treatment methods before surgery. A few non-surgical treatment options include the following:
If your pain does not respond to the treatment options above, your doctor may recommend surgery. Percutaneous carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive surgery performed under ultrasound guidance. Typically, the incision required will be no larger than a postage stamp, and patients will likely be able to resume normal activities much quicker than open carpal surgery patients. Your doctor will thoroughly review your unique case to determine if percutaneous carpal tunnel release is the best treatment for you.
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Percutaneous carpal tunnel release is performed under local anesthesia and usually only takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Before your procedure, your surgeon will examine your wrist with ultrasound technology to locate the median nerve and determine the best place to insert the needle. Then, they will make a small incision to access the transverse carpal ligament.
Generally, the area is inflated with a balloon to create space for your surgeon to see and work. They will then insert a small cutting implement to divide the ligament and relieve pressure on the median nerve, guided by the ultrasound. After the procedure, your surgeon will close the incision with a single stitch or an adhesive bandage.
Typically, percutaneous carpal tunnel release is performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients can return home the same day. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons are leaders in providing the best possible care for our patients. We are committed to supporting you before, during, and after your surgery to ensure you can return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.
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The recovery period after a percutaneous carpal tunnel procedure is quicker than open surgery and can take between a few weeks and a few months. The length of your recovery time will depend mainly on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome and how well you follow your doctor’s recovery instructions. After your procedure, your doctor will likely instruct you to take the following steps:
Percutaneous carpal tunnel release has a high success rate and minimal downtime, allowing patients to resume their normal activities as soon as possible. However, following your doctor’s post-operative instructions is essential to ensure proper healing and a successful outcome.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, do not hesitate to contact the skilled orthopedic specialists at NJ Spine & Orthopedic. Our surgeons are committed to providing personalized treatment plans promoting a quick recovery that can help patients regain their quality of life as soon as possible. We understand that no two patients are alike and will work with you to determine the best path forward to treat your pain and other symptoms.
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