Dr. Rohde discusses the difference between endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and open carpal tunnel release surgery.
The difference, the endoscopic, in the endoscopic version, there is either one incision or two incisions made in the hand and the surgeon uses what is called an endoscope, or a little camera to assist in visualizing the nerve and in releasing that ligament over the nerve.
In open carpal tunnel syndrome we do not use the endoscope and make a possibly, slightly larger incision. The studies have really shown that there is no difference in outcome between people who have endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.