Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Release
One of the most common conditions that affects the hand and wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome typically is a progressive concern that can lead to nerve damage and dysfunction. Dr. Tyson Cobb, our extensively trained orthopaedic hand surgeon, performs a state-of-the-art minimally invasive technique he helped pioneer to address this problem. Micro-invasive carpal tunnel release is designed to be a simple, effective, and convenient method for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, one that allows patients to return to normal activity sooner and with less discomfort than ever before.
How It Works
This advanced approach to carpal tunnel release offers an alternative to endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery but shares many similarities with that procedure. Both techniques are minimally invasive and utilize small incisions. With micro-invasive carpal tunnel release, ultrasound technology is used to guide the surgical instrument, called the Sonex SX-One MicroKnife™, into place. Once in position, Dr. Cobb uses the state-of-the-art MicroKnife™ to extend and retract the blade to open up the tunnel and release the impinged nerve. This innovative tool comes equipped with expandable bumpers, called Stealth MicroGuards™, to protect surrounding tissues from harm. These safety features help set the MicroKnife™ apart from other approaches.
Even more exciting, micro-invasive carpal tunnel release can be performed in an office setting, and the procedure can be completed using local anesthetic. As a result, patients who are not candidates for traditional anesthesia can still receive the treatment they need. Furthermore, the incision created by this method is so small (approximately 4-5mm) it can be closed with a simple adhesive bandage—no sutures required.
Other benefits of micro-invasive carpal tunnel release include:
- Convenience of performing the procedure in-office or in a surgical center
- Uses local anesthetic
- Offers rapid pain relief (up to 5x faster than traditional open surgery)
- Speedy patient recovery
- Less prescription pain medication needed
- Sutures typically not required
- Enhanced protection of sensitive internal tissues
At Orthopaedic Specialists, we employ conservative, minimally invasive methods first and foremost to address your concern. In the event non-surgical techniques and physical therapy are unable to effectively treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, micro-invasive carpal tunnel release may be right for you. Dr. Cobb offers free screenings and informational seminars on carpal tunnel syndrome in Davenport and Clinton. Contact our practice for more information or to schedule an appointment.