Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results from increased pressure on the median nerve around the wrist, leading to numbness, tingling, shock-like sensations, burning sensations, and loss of grip, among other symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common problems affecting the hand.1
Understanding the difference in surgical options and recovery times.
The Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release (ECTR) procedure is minimally invasive and highly effective, with more than 30 years of proven use. The results are less post-operative pain3 and less evident scarring than even the mini-open procedure.
SmartRelease® is a leading endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure that provides surgeons with a high-definition view of the transverse carpal tunnel ligament. SmartRelease is minimally invasive, can be performed in minutes, and generally allows patients to resume work and play activities quicker1 than alternative procedures.
• Small 1–2 cm incision
• Little to virtually no scarring
• Less post-op pain
• Shorter recovery time
• Advanced visualization
The open procedure is effective but may not be the best option for some patients because of the length and location of the resulting scar, postoperative pain, and recovery time. The palm of your hand has many nerve endings and several layers of skin that a surgeon must cut through to reach the transverse carpal ligament and perform the release. Therefore, recovery can take several weeks due to post-operative pain, the deeper cutting of the palm, and a longer incision.
• Large 4-6 cm incision
• Large post-op scar
• Longer recovery time
The mini-open is a variation of the standard open procedure that requires a smaller incision made at the base of the palm. Although less invasive than the standard open procedure, a surgeon's view of the transverse carpal ligament may not be as clear with a mini-open. The procedure is considered safe and effective but may result in visible scarring and post-operative pain.
• Small 2.5 cm incision
• Small post-op scar
• Longer recovery time
Scroll to Learn More.
Understanding your symptoms, the causes, and available treatment options.
Swelling in the carpal tunnel puts pressure on the median nerve, which supplies most of the feeling and movement to the fingers and thumb. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may occur when this pressure becomes significant enough to compress the median nerve. Other medical conditions, such as repetitive hand motions or fluid retention, can be compounded by symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and can worsen overnight. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
Both procedures aim to ease pressure on the median nerve by surgically incising the transverse ligament, thereby enlarging the carpal tunnel to make more room for the nerve. Both procedures are effective, but endoscopic surgery results in faster recovery time, less post-operative pain, and a smaller, less-noticeable scar.2
Explore your symptoms
7 simple questions to see if you may be experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.