Endoscopic surgery is now an alternative to traditional open carpal
tunnel surgery. This procedure is performed using a device called the
Carpal Tunnel Release System. It allows the release of the carpal
ligament through a small incision at the base of the wrist.
A small endoscope and camera project an "inside view"
of the carpal tunnel onto a video monitor. The surgeon watches the
screen and precisely cut the ligament with a blade, simply by pulling a
Both open and endoscopic surgery have the same
goal-to ease pressure on the median nerve by dividing the ligament and
enlarging the carpal tunnel.