Endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Scott D. Lifchez, Joseph Lopez

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While open carpal tunnel release provides excellent relief of median nerve compression, many patients complain of tenderness at the proximal palm incision for months after surgery. For over 25 years, endoscopic techniques have been available that move the incision offof the proximal palm to avoid or decrease this pillar pain. Proximal, distal, and two-portal techniques are reported, with varying learning curves associated with them. Multicenter trials have demonstrated safety of the procedure and improved patient experience with decreased postoperative pain and more rapid return to work. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release may be particularly appropriate for surgeons with a high volume of carpal tunnel syndrome in their practice and patients seeking to minimize their downtime after surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCarpal Tunnel Syndrome and Related Median Neuropathies
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Complications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319570105
ISBN (Print)9783319570082
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017


  • Arthroscopic carpal tunnel
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel
  • Median neuropathy
  • Nerve compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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