Carpal Tunnel Release

Surgical Technique

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed causing pain, weakness and numbness in the hand and wrist. Both open and endoscopic surgical techniques are used to reduce the pressure on the median nerve. The endoscopic procedure utilizes a proximal portal to cut the transverse carpal ligament resulting in median nerve relief. This method has proven faster recovery for patients as well as greater improvement in symptoms and functional status1.  Further evidence supporting the benefits of utilizing an endoscopic approach was shown in Benson's 2006 clinical study comparing endoscopic versus open arthroscopic release, the endoscopic approach was proven more minimally invasive and resulted in less tendon and nerve injury post procedure2


CTS Relief Kit®

Kit includes:

  • One small dilator
  • One larger dilator
  • One slotted guide
  • One obturator
  • One blade



 1Vasiliadis HS, Xenakis TA, Mitsiionis G. Endoscopic versus Open Carpal Tunnel Release. AANA 2010; 26: Issue 1 26-33.

2Benson L, Bare A, Nagle D. Complications of Endoscopic and Open Tunnel Carpal Release. AANA 2006; 22: Issue 9 919-924.



This material provides information regarding how to use CONMED medical devices and instruments in surgical procedures.  Although reviewed by physicians it is not medical advice and each surgeon should use their own professional judgment before using to treat a particular patient.  Surgeons should be trained in the use of such devices before surgery and should always refer to the product labeling including the Instructions for Use before using any medical device.

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