Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which causes numbness, weakness, and pain in wrist and hands. It is caused due to the raised pressure on the median nerve. This nerve sends sensations to the index, middle fingers and thumb. The median nerve is responsible for providing strength to the base muscles of the thumb.
Individuals who are most at risk of suffering from the carpal tunnel syndrome are people with activities or jobs involving a repetitive movement of fingers, or high force motion of wrist and hand.
Other possible causes can include:
- Wrist fracture
- Deformity of hand or wrist
- Thyroid imbalance
- Arthritis or gout disease
The non-surgical treatment involves the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain. Cortisone injections may be used to provide temporal relief, however, is not a permanent cure. Physiotherapy and a change in hand motion are recommended to alter the movement of the wrist.
- Surgical treatments
In case non-surgical treatments do not show the result, surgery is recommended to increase the tunnel size to relieve pressure on the tendons and nerves. Carpal tunnel surgery recovery may range from six months to over a year. Patients who undergo surgical methods will have to restrict movement. The stitches are removed after 2-4 weeks (depending on the size of the incision). The skin may take more than 8 weeks to recover fully.
New innovations in treatment
A new innovation in the treatment for carpal tunnel surgery is the SX-One Microknife. It is an innovative surgical device that allows a 4-5mm long single incision and is used with the help of ultrasound-based imagery.
Dr.Cobb, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon explains in simple terms how the TCL blade is activated after positioning to release pressure from the ligament, enabling a pain-free smooth movement. The procedure involves the following steps:
- The blade remains closed till required with the help of Stealth Microgaurds.
- These Microgaurds prevent tissue damage and safe positioning of the scalpel around the damaged area.
- As the procedure ends, the blade closes back up and is released from the same incision.
- The use of SX-One technology requires no stitches, an adhesive bandage proves sufficient to heal the incision.
Benefits vs traditional surgery
- Compared to the traditional carpal tunnel surgery which employs more than a half an inch of the incision and requires a longer time to heal, the SX-One Microknife is less invasive.
- Traditional surgical methods put patients at a higher risk of tendon and blood vessel damage. In respect to that specialists believe that this new innovation in technology may be more effective.
- It is cost effective and faster in both the procedure and healing.
An ultra-low profile device for surgery, SX-One Microknife allows surgeons to release carpal tunnel through a single 4-5mm incision. This new advancement in technology is most definitely more effective than the traditional surgical methods. Not only does it saves cost but also minimizes the period of healing. It is believed that the carpal tunnel syndrome can be effectively catered to millions of people using this less invasive tool.