Many patients are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is particularly common among those who make repetitive movements with their hands or wrists at work or while participating in their favorite hobbies. Patients who experience persistent carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, like tingling or pain in the hands, wrists, and fingers, may be good candidates for a minimally invasive surgical procedure. 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a relatively common condition in which pressure is placed on the median nerve within the wrist, also known as the carpal tunnel. This is caused by repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention, injury, or rheumatoid arthritis. Common symptoms include weakness, tingling, or aching in the hands, wrists, and fingers. 

In addition to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the same surgical procedure may be a solution to Dupuytren’s contracture. This results in restricted movement due to scar-like bands of tissues forming within the palm and potentially extending into the fingers. 

What is Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

In a traditional carpal tunnel release surgery, inch-long incisions are made in the palm of the hand in order to access the median nerve. Minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery makes a significantly smaller incision within a wrinkle on the wrist, making healing times shorter and causing less risk of complications during the recovery period. After making this small incision, Dr. Falcon will then use endoscopic techniques in order to complete the carpal tunnel release surgery. The procedure can be performed under light sedation rather than general anesthesia, further reducing the recovery period and risk of complications. 

“I've had several surgeries but I've always been put under because they couldn't do it any other way. When I was a child I was awake for a surgery and it was a very bad experience so when Dr. Falcon told me that I would be awake for my hand surgery, needless to say I was very scared but he and his nurse made me very relaxed and before I knew it it was over and I have no scar.”

-Coleen M

Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Most patients who are candidates for carpal tunnel release surgery are also good candidates for minimally invasive options. Before you undergo either surgical option, you should attempt to relieve symptoms using non-surgical treatments. This includes rest, wearing a wrist splint, cortisone injections, or steroids and anti-inflammatories. After trying these options without finding improvement in your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, surgery may be your best option. 

Dr. Falcon or your primary care physician can review your symptoms and recommend whether you are a good candidate for minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery. Some common signs include weakened or atrophied muscles and symptoms like weakness, pain, or tingling that persist for six months or longer. 

What is Recovery Like After Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

One of the major benefits of minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery is a reduced recovery period. Most minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery patients have two days of downtime rather than the two weeks required after traditional surgery. Through these two days, you will wear a splint or heavy bandage. Some pain or discomfort can be expected, so Dr. Falcon will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable through the recovery period. It is usually recommended to keep your hand elevated to reduce swelling, especially while sleeping. After you heal, physical therapy may be required. 

Does Health Insurance Cover Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Most health insurance plans will cover at least some of the costs of minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery, as the procedure is considered medically necessary. Coverage will vary depending on your plan, so it is best to contact your health insurance provider prior to your appointment with Dr. Falcon. If you have any questions about insurance or financing, you can contact our staff who will happily help. 

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To learn more about minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery, call Falcon Plastic Surgery at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online.

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