Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent years. Carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S, it's no surprise that so many people are seeking treatment. As a hand surgeon with years of expertise, Dr. Clippinger has had countless patients walk describing the classic symptoms.

Hand Pain, Numbness,Tingling

While there are various ways to tackle CTS, Dr. Clippinger offers both open carpal tunnel release as well as endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Patients have appreciated the endoscopic approach and for good reason. The recovery is reliably shorter allowing for less time out of work or home recovering.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Before diving into the surgical aspect, let's briefly outline CTS. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome arises when there's excessive pressure on your median nerve, which runs through a narrow passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. This nerve is responsible for sensation in your thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of your ring finger. When compressed, patients typically experience symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and even pain.

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: A Modern Approach

Traditional carpal tunnel surgery, known as open release, involves a larger incision in the palm and wrist to cut the transverse carpal ligament and alleviate the pressure on the median nerve. But technology and medical advancements have paved the way for a less invasive method: the endoscopic approach.

Using a small camera, known as an endoscope, I can view the internal structures of the wrist. A tiny incision, often less than half an inch, allows the endoscope to be inserted, giving me a clear view of the carpal tunnel. This approach minimizes risk of damage to surrounding tissues, leading to quicker recovery times and reduced postoperative discomfort for patients.

Why Dr. Clippinger prefers the Endoscopic Approach at Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut 

  1. Faster Recovery: With smaller incisions and less tissue disruption, patients typically return to their daily activities sooner.
  2. Reduced Scarring: A smaller incision means less visible scarring, which is a cosmetic advantage many of my patients appreciate.
  3. Less Postoperative Pain: Due to minimized tissue trauma, many patients only need Tylenol and NSAIDs after a surgery
  4. Precision: The endoscope provides a magnified view of the carpal tunnel, allowing precision during the procedure.

Finding the Best Hand Surgeon in Brookfield, CT

If you're experiencing symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and are looking for a hand surgeon in Brookfield, Dr. Clippinger has a proven track record of successful surgical outcomes and the reviews to back it up. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome doesn't have to be a life sentence. With the right treatment, you can regain the full function of your hands and return to your routine swiftly.

The images above show the view from within the endoscope of the intact transcarpal ligament (top image) and the two halves of the divided ligament then after carpal tunnel release (bottom images).