Dec 4, 2012 10:43 AM by Marissa Torres
If you spend a lot of time typing on the computer, then you could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The debilitating hand condition is uncomfortable, painful and can force you out of your daily routine.
Now a new procedure, called the Manos System, is promising faster recovery time and minimal scarring.
Lisa Clary, from Colorado Springs, recently underwent the surgery. She says she put it off for nearly two years, despite frequent pain from Carpal Tunnel.
"My hands would go numb, mostly during the night. I would also have pains in the wrist area... it just hurt to do anything."
Carpal Tunnel is caused by thickened ligaments that put pressure on surrounding nerves in the wrist. Patients experience numbness, tingling or pain in the hand.
Clary says she was initially against surgery because of the long recovery time and couldn't afford to miss work, but after discovering the Manos System, she quickly changed her mind.
Dr. Richard Idler, with Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is the only doctor in Southern Colorado performing the new procedure.
"This is probably the least invasive devices I've seen utilized for Carpal Tunnel surgery."
Rather than an open incision, Manos used a catheter device that's inserted through the hand.
"Its literally a probe that enters through a very tiny, less than a quarter of an inch incision at the wrist that is then passed to Carpal Tunnel."
Doctors then sever the constricted tendon and release pressure. As for the patient, they're awake the entire time.
"This has some real advantages in that they [patients] can use their hands immediately with less discomfort than they would have [with] traditional carpel tunnel release."
The surgery runs about a thousand dollars, and you'll have to check with your insurance provider to see if it is covered.
For more information, contact Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group.