Not everyone with carpal tunnel syndrome needs surgery. However, when conservative methods fail to alleviate your symptoms, carpal tunnel release surgery may be your next step. Anthony J. Berni, MD, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who performs endoscopic carpal tunnel release, a less invasive procedure that leads to faster recovery. Find out if endoscopic carpal tunnel release is the right choice for you by calling the office in O’Fallon, Missouri, or booking an appointment online today.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness in the hand, wrist, and arm. The condition develops from compression or pinching of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.
During the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, your symptoms may go away with a quick shake of the wrist. However, as the compression continues, your symptoms may last longer and affect your grip.
Getting treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome early may prevent or delay serious symptoms, as well as permanent damage to the median nerve.
Dr. Berni determines if you’re a candidate for endoscopic carpal tunnel release after a consultation.
Though an experienced and skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Berni may only recommend surgical intervention after you try conservative treatments, such as splinting, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications or injections.
If conservative measures fail to alleviate your symptoms or your symptoms worsen, then Dr. Berni may recommend endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Dr. Berni uses innovative tools and techniques when performing an endoscopic carpal tunnel release to minimize incision size, scarring, and recovery time.
He makes a small incision at your wrist above the palm and inserts the endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a camera. The endoscope allows Dr. Berni to visualize the internal structures of your wrist and carpal tunnel without the need for a large incision.
Once he finds the ligament compressing your median nerve, he advances a small cutting tool through the endoscope and severs the ligament, alleviating the compression and your symptoms.
Dr. Berni closes the small incision with stitches.
Dr. Berni’s endoscopic carpal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure, meaning he sends you home after your surgery. He provides specific instructions on how to care for your wrist during your recovery.
If needed, he refers you to physical therapy for exercises to strengthen the wrist and hand.
However, with his minimally invasive approach, most patients recover without the need for physical therapy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition that may benefit from surgery. To find out if endoscopic carpal tunnel release makes a good choice for you, call the office of Anthony J. Berni, MD, or schedule a consultation online today.