Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
This approach is less invasive than the open approach. The hand surgery uses a 3mm camera. It can be performed through a single incision, known as The Agee Technique, or through two incisions, known as The Chow Technique.
Dr. Fiore performs the single 1.5 cm incision which is at the wrist instead of the palm. He prefers this technique as it keeps scars outside the palm. With the scars outside the palm the patient is less likely to have sensitivity issues from scarring. In addition, The Agee Technique allows access to incise the tight connective tissue over the median nerve in the forearm aka fascia. A dressing consisting of a single gauze and a clear, waterproof dressing, known as a Tegaderm, are placed.
The patient may shower and get the dressing wet immediately; however no baths or washing dishes are allowed. The dressing is removed in 48 hours and the wound can be washed in running water. If possible, Dr. Fiore attempts to hide the scar in a naturally occurring crease in the wrist for a better cosmetic result. Most patients resume light activities such as typing the following day and are released to activities as tolerated one week post op.
Dr. Fiore specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. For more information on treatment options, or to schedule a consultation, call Fiore Hand and Wrist at (281) 970-8002.
We are conveniently located within driving distance of Cypress TX, Katy TX, Spring TX, Tomball TX, The Woodlands TX, and Houston TX.
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