Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release (Video)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects many American adults. When non-surgical treatments fail, some patients choose to undergo surgery. The most important part of any surgical procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome is to cut a ligament that lays on top of the median nerve (the transverse carpal ligament). By cutting the ligament, pressure on the median nerve is decreased, allowing the nerve to recover function.

There are different techniques for cutting the ligament. One technique that I use is the single-portal endoscopic carpal tunnel release first described by John Agee, M.D.. This technique has been widely used for nearly two decades. I have been performing this technique for my patients, and I believe it has allowed them to rapidly return to their normal lives, with excellent relief of their symptoms.

The video below shows an actual surgery of the Agee single portal technique. This video was not made by me, and does not show my patient, but is a demonstration of the same technique that I use. This surgery was done with a tourniquet applied to the upper arm, which temporarily cuts off blood flow to the hand. That is why there is very little bleeding.

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release – YouTube.

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