Kellogg Brain and Spine
Spinal Disorders & Neurosurgeons located in Portland, OR
If pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome negatively affects your everyday life, you might be a candidate for endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Board-certified neurosurgeon Jordi X. Kellogg, MD, and the team at Kellogg Brain and Spine in Wilsonville and Portland, Oregon, offer this procedure to relieve hand discomfort, numbness, tingling, or weakness. Schedule an appointment with Kellogg Brain and Spine by phone or book online to determine if endoscopic carpal tunnel release is right for you.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Q & A
What is endoscopic carpal tunnel release?
AGEE endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeon makes tiny incisions near your wrist and cuts through the transverse carpal ligament. Doing so relieves median nerve pressure to reduce symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples include swelling, hand discomfort, tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Is endoscopic carpal tunnel release right for me?
To find out if you’re a good candidate for AGEE endoscopic carpal tunnel release, your surgeon reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your wrist and hand. He might have you undergo blood tests, X-rays, electromyography, or a nerve conduction study.
If you haven’t responded well to more conservative treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel release might be for you.
How should I prepare for the procedure?
Follow your provider’s pre-procedure instructions prior to endoscopic carpal tunnel release. They might ask you to stop taking certain medications for a specific period of time. Don’t smoke and avoid eating and drinking anything the morning of the procedure if your surgeon recommends it.
What happens during endoscopic carpal tunnel release?
Just before endoscopic carpal tunnel release, a Kellogg Brain and Spine provider numbs the treatment area to avoid any discomfort. If you remain awake during surgery, they offer a sedative to relax you.
Your surgeon makes one incision near your wrist (https://www.microaire.com/carpaltunnel-2/). They use a thin, lighted tube with a camera attached to get a better view of your carpal tunnel. They then cut through your transverse carpal ligament to relieve median nerve pressure before closing the incisions.
What should I expect after surgery?
After carpal tunnel release, you wear a bandage, splint, or brace for a period of time. Rest and ice the treatment area as needed. Take medications as prescribed, and keep your hand and wrist elevated at night if your surgeon recommends it. Attend follow-up appointments so they can monitor your progress.
Physical therapy helps heal and strengthen your wrist, hand, and fingers. Recovery might last a few days or a few months, as everyone is different. Call Kellogg Brain and Spine if you experience worsening pain, signs of infection, or new or unusual symptoms.
Don’t live with hand or wrist pain when endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a fast, minimally invasive procedure with high success rates. Call Kellogg Brain and Spine to schedule a consultation or book online today.