What about Surgery for Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery represents the most invasive and highest risk treatment option for people suffering with Carpal Tunnel. Carpal Tunnel Surgery of any kind has left patients somewhat cold.
That is because it only works for 50 – 60% of people based on patient surveys. Even after a successful surgery, Carpal Tunnel Symptoms come back within 6 months to 10 years for most patients. People are usually surprised when they wake up one night to reoccurring Carpal Tunnel Symptoms. What they thought was a permanent fix, turns out to be only a temporary relief for CTS.
Repeat or Second surgical procedures for any ailment carry a much higher risk profile, because of the formation of scar tissue and the overall weakening of the surrounding tissue and joints during the first surgery. Many surgeons will not perform a second surgery of any type for this reason.
There are many risks associated with any surgery including Carpal Tunnel.You can learn more about those risks here.
Open Carpal Tunnel Surgical Procedure
Probably the biggest risk of Carpal Tunnel Surgery is that it returns and second surgical procedures or repeat Carpal Tunnel Surgery is then a prospect. The good news for someone suffering from CTS is that The Carpal Solution Therapy works for most people even after surgery. You must wait at least two month after surgery before applying the Carpal Solution Therapy.
When undergoing any kind of treatment it is good to know the potential downside and risks. Most medical professionals tend to down play the risks of their profession because they live with the risks every day and it is human nature to down play risks we deal with every day.
Laparoscopy is an example of one of the first minimally invasive surgical procedure done through one or more small incisions (often less than a quarter of an inch), using small tubes and miniature scalpels and surgical instruments, with tiny video cameras that allow the surgeon to see what he is doing below the skin surface without exposing the patient to a large incision.
There are two types of Surgical Procedures for Carpal Tunnel: Endoscopic Surgery (similar to the Laparoscopic Surgery described above) and the Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery. Both have higher risks than the other treatments listed above and are considered most invasive of the treatment options available.
There is some discussion about which procedure is most invasive. Some believe that Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery represents less risk compared to the open Carpal Tunnel Surgical Procedure.
However, there are risks to which the patient is exposed with the endoscopic procedure that they are not exposed to with the open procedure. Since everything is so compact in the Carpal Tunnel there are much higher risks of nicking the Median Nerve with the scalpel when performing the “less invasive” endoscopic procedure. Any contact of the Nerve with the scalpel will likely lead to permanent nerve damage of some kind for the patient.
This is why some surgeons refuse to perform the Endoscopic Procedure for Carpal Tunnel Surgery. There are also many tendons that run just under the transverse carpal ligament next to the Median Nerve, that are sometimes accidentally nicked by the scalpel during the procedure. Tendons will heal, but it can complicate recovery times when a tendon is compromised during Carpal Tunnel Surgery.
There is less tissue disturbed with the endoscopic procedure and smaller incision that need to heal, so if all goes well, the recovery time is faster with endoscopic surgery. However, if the Nerve is inadvertently struck by the scalpel then all bets are off for a speedy recovery with the endoscopic procedure.
Given these results it is hard to say which surgical procedure is least invasive. Both have their advantages and disadvantages from an invasive perspective.
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