Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels from the wrist to the hand. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically include tingling, numbness and pain in the index, middle and ring fingers. Compression of the nerve is the result of swelling of the tendons of your wrist, which can be due to a variety of factors, including repetitive activities.
Left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to chronic pain or numbness that extends throughout the hand and can even result in partial loss of hand function. Surgery is generally indicated if carpal tunnel syndrome is unresponsive to conservative treatments; carpal tunnel surgery remains the most effective and long-lasting treatment option.
In addition to his extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, South Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn underwent further training in hand surgery and received board certification in Additional Qualifications of the Hand from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Vaughn was also one of the first surgeons in South Carolina to utilize endoscopic surgery for carpal tunnel procedures.
Endoscopic Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is performed through a small incision in the wrist and palm, as opposed to the much longer incision associated with the traditional “open” method. A small camera is inserted, which allows Dr. Vaughn a close-up view and precise control of the transverse carpal ligament, which is cut during carpal tunnel surgery to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
The endoscopic method typically results in less postoperative pain and a quicker return to normal activities.
Although Dr. Vaughn performs the majority of his carpal tunnel procedures endoscopically, an “open” release is occasionally indicated. Your consultation with Dr. Vaughn will determine the best surgical approach for your specific condition.
If you believe you may have carpal tunnel syndrome and would like to learn more about your hand surgery options, please contact Piedmont Plastic Surgery by phone at 864-223-0505 or online today. We proudly serve patients in the Greenwood, Greenville, Anderson, Columbia, and Laurens, South Carolina, areas, along with Augusta, Georgia.