Hand and Wrist Institute Now Offers Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Beverly Hills, California June 18, 2012 Health News(PRLEAP.COM) The Hand and Wrist Institute, founded by Dr. John Knight, a top hand surgeon, now announces carpal tunnel release surgery in Los Angeles. Dr Knight is also a renown ganglion cyst doctor and is also an expert in the treatment of wrist and finger maladies and elbow treatment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the nerve in the wrist is pinched, resulting in numbness, pain, tingling and weakness in the fingers. The condition can begin gradually, but if it's not treated it can lead to permanent damage. The goal of any treatment is to either resolve carpal tunnel syndrome or to prevent it from getting worse.
The procedure that Dr. Knight, one of the best carpal tunnel surgeon, performs on his carpal tunnel patients is generally known as Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, or ECTR, but Dr. Knight has refined this to Stitchless Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, or SECTR, which involves less pain and scarring than ECTR and far less pain, scarring and complications than the traditional open procedure to repair carpal tunnel syndrome.
After a virtual consultation online that determines whether the patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, the patient is prepared for the procedure, which takes about ten minutes. All that's needed is a local anesthetic around the surgical site.
After the site is numbed, the doctor will make a small incision in the wrist, then insert an endoscope. This is an instrument consisting of a long, thin tube and tiny camera which allows the doctor to see the inside of the wrist via a nearby monitor. In this case the surgeon slides the endoscope beneath the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist. This is the ligament that's been squeezing the nerve in the wrist and causing the pain and numbness.
When the ligament is located the surgeon cuts it very precisely and so removes the pressure from the nerve. Because the incision is so small it doesn't need to be stitched and a small dressing is simply put over it. In the end there's a tiny scar, a great improvement over the three inch long scar that's usually left with traditional carpal tunnel surgery. Moreover, the patient who's undergone SECTR can get the dressing wet, doesn't have to go through physical therapy, can perform some non-strenuous activities with the hand that was operated on fairly soon after the surgery and can return to strenuous work, like playing sports, after about a month.
Dr. John Knight and the Hand and Wrist Institute urge any patient who's suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to consider the new SECTR surgery. It's a state of the art technique that will ease their carpal tunnel syndrome and allow them to return to their old activities in much less time than traditional surgery.
Hand and Wrist Institute
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