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Endoscopic carpal tunnel

The carpal tunnel is the opening from the wrist to the hand. When the median nerve is compressed as it passes through this opening, it results in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Frequent, repetitive, small movements with the hands such as typing
  • Frequent, repetitive, grasping movements with the hands including many sports
  • Joint or bone disease including arthritis
  • Hormonal or metabolic changes caused by menopause, pregnancy or a thyroid imbalance
  • Other conditions or injuries to the wrist such as strains, sprains or dislocations.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel

  • Symptoms of carpal tunnel differ from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms may include:
  • Weakness when gripping objects with the hand
  • Pain or numbness in the hand
  • "Pins and needles" feeling in the fingers (especially the thumb, index or middle fingers)
  • Swollen fingers
  • Pain or numbness that is worse at night

Treatment with endoscopic surgery

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel surgery is an outpatient surgery which involves a small incision at the wrist. A specialized device that contains both a camera and a cutting tool is then guided through this incision, and used to cut the transverse carpal ligament, while the surgeon observes the underside of the carpal ligament on a screen. This will free the pressure on the median nerve, and relieve the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our team is highly qualified and experienced to perform this surgery to maximize the benefit while minimizing the risks.

Benefits of endoscopic surgery for carpal tunnel

  • Less invasive than traditional surgery
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Small incision, only two small stitches

Make an appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (804) 443-8670. Our team will find a time that works for you and will be able to help answer any questions regarding your visit. If after hours, please call the physician-on-call at (804) 443-3311.

If you have an emergency, please call 911.