Nestled within the lively city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Dr. Susanne Meeuwis-Cools enjoys a successful dentistry practice. As an in-demand dentist with more than 34 years of experience, she understands what it takes to be a good medical professional.
Because of her expertise, she had high hopes that carpal tunnel surgery to treat debilitating pain, numbness and tingling in her right wrist would allow her to return back to her bustling practice pain-free.
Unfortunately, the type of surgery she had – known as open carpal tunnel surgery – required a six-week recovery with an additional six months of therapy. It also resulted in an incision several inches long. To make matters worse, just as she was slowly healing from her right-wrist surgery, carpal tunnel symptoms flared in her left wrist.
“I wasn’t about to go through the long recovery caused by open carpal tunnel surgery again,” Susanne said. “So, I scoured medical websites and journals to find the ‘best of the best’ of orthopaedic surgeons specializing in more effective carpal tunnel surgery.”
That renowned and expert surgeon she found was Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Cobb has perfected an advanced micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure that is far superior to open surgery. He has performed more than 5,000 micro-invasive carpal tunnel procedures, and he has covered the globe training other surgeons on minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Traveling 4,228 miles for the best care
In October 2018, Susanne traveled more than 4,000 miles and 16 hours to undergo a micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb.
Susanne traveled from the Netherlands to undergo micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists.
“I knew I could help Susanne get back to her dentistry practice quickly,” said Dr. Cobb. “I first tried to help find someone in Europe who could perform the micro-invasive carpal tunnel procedure. As I struggled to find a local surgeon to help her, Susanne decided to travel to Davenport for her surgery. I was happy to help.”
Dr. Cobb’s method to help patients with carpal tunnel is dramatically less invasive than open carpal tunnel surgery. His innovative approach utilizes a state-of-the-art surgical micro-knife that can be used to perform carpal tunnel release with minimal trauma and scarring.
Incisions that are smaller than the head of a pencil eraser are made, and the micro-knife is inserted through this tiny opening. Ultrasound technology is used to visualize the treated area and guide the instrument into place without causing damage to surrounding nerves, blood vessels, tendons and other sensitive tissues.
Susanne’s surgery on her left wrist with Dr. Cobb could not have been more different from the surgery she had received on her right wrist.
The operation performed by Dr. Cobb was on a Monday, and she was back to work one week later – a drastic difference from her extended time off work following her previous open carpal tunnel surgery.
“I haven’t stopped working since the Monday after my surgery with Dr. Cobb,” Susanne said. “I love my job because I know I am good at it and make people happy. It’s great to be back!”
She also felt that the communication and care she received was second to none.
“Dr. Cobb put me at ease and explained everything,” Susanne said. “He was very professional. I knew he was an expert.”
Living the life she loves
In addition, Susanne can do things she couldn’t do before. She is even back to golfing after not being able to hold the club for three years. She went skiing with her daughter in Austria and had no problem at all. She also is able to sail in the Mediterranean Sea – something that is incredibly important to her as only her and her husband handle their sail boat.
Thanks to micro-invasive carpal tunnel surgery performed by Dr. Cobb, Susanne (pictured in the middle) can golf again without pain.
“If I had known how much better micro-invasive carpal tunnel surgery is compared to open carpal tunnel surgery, I would have gone to Davenport to have both wrists done by Dr. Cobb at the same time,” Susanne said.
Learn from Susanne’s experience. Research your options before undergoing surgery, and don’t forget about the world-class surgeons here in the Quad Cities. To learn about the best treatment options for your needs, contact us to schedule a free screening with Dr. Cobb.
After a micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb, Susanne is back to her normal life without the pain in her wrist.
Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC discusses how the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ can reduce pain and speed recovery when utilized for carpal tunnel release.
Davenport, IA — A condition affecting millions of Americans, severe carpal tunnel syndrome can cause significant discomfort and limit mobility. A new instrument that enables micro-invasive carpal tunnel release offers better results, shorter recovery, and reduced pain compared to traditional surgery, says Quad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD. He indicates the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ requires a tiny incision and includes tissue-sparing features that promote faster healing and minimize the risk of complications.
The SX-One MicroKnife™ is designed to enter through a four to five-millimeter-long incision, an opening smaller than the end of a pencil eraser. Dr. Cobb explains that once the device is inserted he can guide the instrument to the transverse carpal ligament (TCL) using ultrasound technology, which supplies an image of the interior structures. Once positioned, he says the TCL Blade™ can be activated to release the irritated ligament and allow smoother, pain-free movement.
In addition to the blade remaining enclosed until needed, Dr. Cobb notes that the SX-One MicroKnife™ includes Stealth MicroGuards™, which deploy to create a safe space around the scalpel and minimize the risk of damage to surrounding tissues. He says the blade and guards can all be closed back up and removed through the same small opening, and no stitches are required—an adhesive bandage is sufficient to seal the incision.
Dr. Cobb reveals that traditional open carpal tunnel surgery requires an incision that is half-an-inch to an inch long or greater. He says this size opening typically takes longer to heal, causes the patient more pain, and has a higher risk of causing damage to nearby blood vessels, tendons, and nerves than the micro-invasive technique using the SX-One MicroKnife™. For these reasons, Dr. Cobb believes patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from consulting with an orthopaedic hand surgeon who is adept with this advanced technology. “We are proud to be the first to bring this technology to the Quad Cities. In addition to faster recovery and less post-operative pain, this new technology will allow the convenience of an in-office procedure that costs less than half of traditional surgery.”
About Tyson Cobb, MD
The Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC, Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He holds patents for a number of innovative minimally invasive technologies and travels to prestigious medical conferences around the globe instructing surgeons on the latest endoscopic techniques. Dr. Cobb is an active member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.
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Millions of people around the nation experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This common condition can cause pain, stiffness, weakness, and numbness in the hands. As a result, work and everyday activities can become difficult or uncomfortable. Many patients report difficulty sleeping. Fortunately, there is an easy way that may help prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our board certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, explains how performing a few stretches throughout the day may help keep you pain-free.
To begin this stretch, hold your hands in front of you at about chest level with the palms together. This is called the prayer position. Slowly move your hands, palms still pressed together, down towards your waist, keeping your hands close to your body. When you feel a stretch, slowly move your hands back to the original position, and then begin again. Repeat a few times. This exercise should be performed every hour or so.
For this exercise, you will also begin by placing your hands together in a prayer position. You should then spread your fingers as wide as you can and lift your palms to create a “steeple” with your fingers still touching. Return to your starting position, keeping your fingers in contact the whole time, and begin again. Repeat this stretch about every hour.
Shake it Out
This one is even easier than the last exercise. Simply shake your hands out as if you were air-drying them after a wash. Many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who wake at night find this maneuver helpful in reducing the symptoms and it can allow them to get back to sleep.
Hold your right arm out in front of you with your palm facing down. Bend your wrist up towards the ceiling. Take your left hand and use it to gently bend your wrist a little farther in the same direction until you notice a mild stretch in your forearm. Hold for about 20 or 30 seconds, release and repeat with the other arm. You may wish to perform this exercise a few times a day.
These simple maneuvers may help with mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. If symptoms persist, or if your numbness becomes constant, definitive treatment should be sought. Permanent nerve damage can occur if nerve compression goes untreated.
If you would like more information about carpal tunnel syndrome and treatment options, please contact us today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb.
As one of the most common hand conditions in the nation, carpal tunnel syndrome can make work, play, and simple tasks and even sleeping difficult or impossible. Fortunately, our experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, can provide a number of non-surgical treatment options to help minimize discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are four easy tips for relieving hand and wrist pain. In the event these approaches prove ineffective, Dr. Cobb is extensively trained in the latest endoscopic surgery techniques. Unlike traditional open surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery typically requires no sutures and offers a shorter healing time.
Taking a break from using the affected hand for a few weeks can give the inflamed median nerve (the one that runs through the carpal tunnel and causes you pain) time to heal. You can also take small breaks at work by changing position or stretching your wrists.
Splints are the most common conservative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Keeping your wrist in a neutral position throughout the night can prevent waking due to numbness and tingling in your hands, and it may help relieve daytime symptoms too.
3. Carpal Tunnel Exercises
Exercises and stretches can help reduce discomfort and keep pain from recurring. There are a number of carpal tunnel stretches you can perform right at your desk or where you work throughout the day to alleviate your symptoms. Dr. Cobb can provide additional examples during your consultation.
4. Cortisone Shot
A more advanced but still non-surgical treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome is a cortisone injection. This method also helps to reduce inflammation, but it’s not a cure. When the medication wears off, you may begin experiencing symptoms again.
These are just a few ideas to help achieve symptom relief of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our practice is committed to your health and well-being. If these tips do not relieve your symptoms, you should seek a professional evaluation, because untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage. Dr. Cobb can provide details of minimally invasive surgical options that require no sutures and allow faster recovery.
Have more questions about carpal tunnel syndrome? Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
An extremely common condition, carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hands, fingers, and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect a wide range of people, from office workers to athletes. The condition often wakes people up at night with pain and can lead to difficulty performing a number of tasks. If you’re experiencing numbness and tingling or hand and wrist pain and believe it may be carpal tunnel syndrome, our board certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, will examine you during your initial consultation to determine if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. In the meantime, please use this guide to learn more about the symptoms:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results from a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a passageway that surrounds and protects this nerve (called the median nerve) as well as nine tendons that help bend your fingers. The nerve can become compressed as it passes through this tight passage. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause many symptoms, including pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness in the fingers and hand. If you have a tendency to drop objects due to a lack of strength in the hand, this may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are many non-surgical treatment options available that may alleviate your symptoms. Exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome can prevent symptoms from developing or getting worse. Resting the hands or taking a break from performing certain movements can also help. Many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome find nighttime splints helpful in minimizing their symptoms. In the event minimally invasive techniques prove ineffective, and pain or debilitation persists, Dr. Cobb is extensively trained in minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques. This advanced approach can eliminate the need for sutures and shorten recovery time compared to traditional open procedures.
We emphasize non-surgical techniques first and foremost. However, if no other methods provide relief, Dr. Cobb will help optimize your results and limit your downtime as much as possible.
For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome and available treatment options, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb.