Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful progressive condition caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include burning, tingling and itching numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers. Some people may experience hand pain or even a weakened grip.
TreatmentFor mild cases of CTS, treatment options include splinting, hand therapy and steroid injections. In moderate to severe cases of CTS, when non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief, surgical intervention is recommended.
Our hand surgeons at Trinity Health perform a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that results in less pain and scarring than traditional open surgery. With endoscopic surgery, a small incision—less than half an inch—is made at the base of the wrist. After the incision is made, an operative scope (camera) is inserted in to the wrist in order for the surgeon to navigate the nerves, tendons and the area of compression. The camera is equipped with a surgical knife which is used to cut the transverse carpal ligament, relieving pressure on the median nerve.
Recovery from the procedure is relatively quick and easy. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work the following day.