COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is offering a less invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The treatment involves the use of ultrasound and an “SX-One MicroKnife,” which is equipped with a tiny blade that is inserted into a very small incision in the wrist to perform a carpal tunnel release (CTR).
Carpal tunnel syndrome involves pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand. It’s caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist and is brought on by swelling of the transverse carpal ligament.
DMC said the new treatment requires only a very small incision and uses ultrasound to find a pathway to the transverse ligament through the carpal tunnel.
The treatment can be done in less than 10 minutes using a local anesthetic. Patients are expected to be able to return to normal activities in days, DMC said. Patients in a typical CTR surgery could be in a cast for as long as six weeks.
Dr. Nicholas Moore is an orthopedic specialist affiliated with DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects more than 12 million Americans, according to DMC.