Results

As previously reported by the author (23) in an extensive review of the literature, a total of 8068 endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedures have been reported (Table 1). These reports were classified according to the technique used and the type of study conducted. The success rate varied between 78 and 100%, although the definition of success was not uniform from paper to paper.

Fig. 11. Diagram demonstrates the insertion of the endoscope through the distal incision. As the endoscope is advanced proximally, the cutting blade is advanced distally until they meet. Both instruments are then moved in unison. Insert shows endoscopic view of transverse carpal ligament being sectioned.

Fig. 11. Diagram demonstrates the insertion of the endoscope through the distal incision. As the endoscope is advanced proximally, the cutting blade is advanced distally until they meet. Both instruments are then moved in unison. Insert shows endoscopic view of transverse carpal ligament being sectioned.

Fig. 12. A proximal volar fasciotomy can be easily performed with tenotomy scissors if there are clinical signs of nerve compression proximal to the distal wrist crease.

Table 1

Summary of Reported Cases According to Type of Endoscopic Technique Performed

Summary of Reported Cases According to Type of Endoscopic Technique Performed

Table 1

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