Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in the hand which is caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes from the wrist into the hand. Compression of the median nerve causes numbness, tingling and pain in the thumb, index, middle and 1/2 of the ring finger. Over time and with increased severity, it can cause weakness in grip strength and wasting of the muscle at the base of the thumb.
Surgical decompression of the median nerve is the most successful option of treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed through an open technique or an endoscopic technique (minimally invasive procedure).
A small incision is made in the wrist crease and an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera) is inserted into the incision to visualize the carpal tunnel and the ligament. A very small scalpel is used to release the ligament and decompress the carpal tunnel. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. The recovery time is much shorter than open technique because there is significantly less trauma to the hand with a favourable scar location.
Dr. Menesi offers standard open release surgery and is one of only a few plastic surgeons in Canada who also perform this surgery endoscopically.
Dr. Menesi will discuss the risks and benefits of Edoscpoic Carpal Tunnel procedure at your consultation to confirm that this is the best course of action for your particular needs.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Menesi, contact our office today at (506) 455-1188.