At Orthopaedic Associates, we make every effort to implement innovative and advanced methods, techniques, and procedures to help our patients experience better results. Because of this, we are proud to offer the UltraGuideCTR device for carpal tunnel release with real-time ultrasound guidance.
As the first orthopaedic surgeon in the Panhandle to use UltraGuideCTR, our fellowship-trained and board-certified expert Dr. James Watt performs this alternative surgical option to help patients recover faster and have immediate hand mobility.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that affects an estimated 13 million Americans, that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. the condition occurs when one of the major nerves in the hand - the median nerve - is compressed as it travels through the wrist. The median nerve controls movement in the thumb and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers. It runs down the arm and forearm, passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist, and goes into the hand.
Traditional Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
More severe cases of CTS may be treated surgically through carpal tunnel release (CTR), which involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to relieve pressure on the median nerve. Traditional CTR techniques can remedy the condition but may result in large and sometimes painful scars, ongoing palmar pain, and a long road to recovery.
A New Way to Treat CTS for Faster Recovery
Now there is an alternative surgical option - Carpal Tunnel Release with UltraGuideCTR™ and real-time ultrasound guidance.
Get out of pain, back to work, and back to life!
CTR using ultrasound guidance relieves the symptoms of CTS while minimizing recovery time. Most patients can return to work and the activities they love in 3-6 days.
Performing CTR with ultrasound guidance allows for Dr. Watt to perform a carpal tunnel release with the additional benefit of seeing the entire hand and wrist anatomy in real-time for advanced accuracy and precision throughout the surgery. This allows most patients to enjoy immediate motion so that can focus on getting back to their lives and the activities they love. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and are considering a surgical procedure, carpal tunnel release with UltraGuideCTR and real-time ultrasound guidance may be right for you.
- Quick return to work and normal life within 3-6 days
- Performed in a procedure room or office setting
- Typically performed using local anesthesia
- Small wrist incision usually closed without sutures
- Aspirin or Ibuprofen typically used for pain management
- Postoperative therapy typically not required
- Immediate motion of the hand for rapid recovery