Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that most often happens in adulthood. It is caused by the compression...
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Evolution of Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release uses one or two small incisions near the wrist through which instruments are inserted. A small camera is used to visualize the inner wrist, specifically the transverse carpal ligament (roof of the carpal tunnel). Often the camera is attached to an instrument that contains a small cutting tool which is used to divide the transverse carpal ligament while the surgeon visualizes it on the monitor. This releases pressure off the median nerve. The small incision is then closed with stitches.
The Arthrex Centerline™ Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System is an example of the latest technology for the surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. The advantages of this system is that it increases the safety, visualization, and ergonomics. It also reduces the possibility of mechanical failures. The design of this instrument orients the surgeon’s hand to be in line with the blade and lowers the risk of accidental injury to the nerve. Furthermore, the simplicity of the design and disposable cutting mechanism helps reduce the length of the procedure. Lastly, the instrument has as simple design that allows quick and controlled deployment of the cutting device.