Are There Any Benefits to Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Calendar June 21, 2018

Question: My mom is a healthy 83 but needs carpal tunnel surgery soon. A friend had his done with you & brags on you guys. Now it can be done with a laser. Why don’t you guys do laser? Less downtime, etc. Mom stays busy she won’t like a cast. I’ve heard good news about you all. Any benefits to not doing it with a laser? Just trying to help my mom with this. Thanks.

Dr. Kim Foreman: To be more accurate, it is not laser surgery but rather endoscopic surgery – looking at the nerve through a scope with smaller incisions for the release of the nerve.  It has been available for almost 20 years.  The complication rate – incomplete release and/or damage to the nerve – is substantially higher than with traditional surgery.  The recovery time with traditional surgery is still quite short and does not involve a cast.

Azalea Orthopedics: The Leaders in Hand Surgery

Your hands are precious; it would be challenging to perform day to day activities if they were injured or crippled.  When it comes to your hands, minor surgeries can become major procedures if operated on by an unqualified surgeon.  Our hand surgeons are all sub-specialists and are fellowship trained to ensure our patients receive the best surgical outcomes possible.  Each of our specialists handles traumatic cases, routine carpal tunnel procedures, trigger finger release surgeries, and lacerated ligaments repairs every day.  If you are struggling with a hand related issue call on Azalea’s Hand Team- 903-939-7500, or schedule an appointment online.

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