While non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome can slow the progression of symptoms, they rarely cure the condition. Traditional surgery, also known as open carpal tunnel release surgery, can cure carpal tunnel syndrome but requires an incision in the palm, which is a very sensitive part of the body. To minimize scarring and post-operative discomfort, Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson offers endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery at his Westchester, New York, practice. This minimally invasive procedure requires a very small incision in the wrist and significantly reduces recovery time so patients can return to their activities free of symptoms more quickly. Contact us today to learn more about this advanced surgical procedure and whether it is right for you.
What is Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through a small space in the wrist and palm known as the carpal tunnel. In all types of carpal tunnel surgery, your surgeon relieves pressure on the pinched nerve by enlarging the carpal tunnel by dividing the transverse carpal ligament. Once the nerve is no longer compressed, inflammation can go down and the nerve can begin to heal, relieving or even eliminating the tingling, numbness, and pain that is often associated with the condition.
Because patients do not require strong sedatives, the procedure time is short and patients experience no nausea or negative effects of anesthesia.
Unlike traditional surgery, which requires an incision in the palm, endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery uses a very small camera known as an endoscope. This allows your surgeon to perform the same procedure through a very small incision in the wrist. As a result, patients can enjoy a significantly reduced recovery time and return to their normal routine much faster than after a traditional open carpal tunnel release procedure.
Wide Awake Endoscopic Surgery
Dr. Jacobson is the first surgeon in the Westchester area to routinely perform endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery with only local anesthesia. While patients have the option of receiving sedation, most patients choose to remain awake during surgery. Because patients do not require strong sedatives, the procedure time is short and patients experience no nausea or negative effects of anesthesia.
Candidates for the Procedure
It is important to understand that even minimally invasive surgery is a last resort for carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, it is usually only recommended if patients still have symptoms after several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment or they are suffering severe symptoms that restrict normal daily activities.
With extensive experience treating particularly complex cases, Dr. Jacobson can offer help to a wide range of patients. In some cases, he may recommend traditional open carpal tunnel release surgery to achieve the best results.
Although recovery is much shorter after an endoscopic procedure than traditional open carpal tunnel surgery, the precise length of time depends on the patient. Carpal tunnel symptoms and nerve pain often disappear immediately after surgery, but for some individuals it can take months for symptoms to fade. Consequently, it is very important that patients avoid using their hand for strenuous activities after surgery.
How soon a patient can return to their normal routine is usually determined by what type of work they do and the level of discomfort they can tolerate. Dr. Jacobson trusts that his patients are able to guide the use of their hand. Some patients may decide to return to work the day after surgery, while others will restrict activities for one to two weeks until soreness subsides.
Contact Us Today
With meticulous attention to detail and extensive experience, Dr. Jacobson is always willing to go the extra mile for his patients to return their hands to full function. Reach out today to learn more about minimally invasive surgical treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome.