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"I need carpal tunnel surgery but can’t take time off work. What are my options?"

"Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a great option. It is a 5 minute procedure and patients can usually resume normal activities as soon as they are comfortable."
-Dr. Tim Harman

"Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome complain of waking up at night with numbness in their hands. Others have numbness in their thumb, index and middle fingers, or in their hands while driving; numbness with pain radiating up the arm; or weakness with pinching activities such as buttoning buttons or fastening earrings," said Dr. Tim Harman.

And it can start at a younger age and progress faster in people who do keyboarding or jobs requiring repetitive manual labor such as manufacturing, assembly, construction or auto repair, he said.

Endoscopic carpal tunnel is a minimally invasive procedure vs open carpal tunnel surgery. The procedure requires a small incision on the palm side of the wrist and just two sutures. Most patients who have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can resume normal activities and return to work as soon as they are comfortable after the five-minute procedure, said Dr. Harman. Afterward, the patient has less pain, compared to open carpal tunnel surgery, doesn’t need physical therapy or splints, and has no restrictions.

While most everyone is a good candidate for endoscopic surgery, not every orthopedic hand surgeon is trained to do it, said Dr. Harman, who's even performed the procedure on other hand surgeons. Early intervention is preferred to keep symptoms from getting worse and preserve overall nerve health.

If you think endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is an option for you, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harman.

Dr. Harman is a fellowship-trained hand orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio. We have multiple offices located throughout the Miami Valley region to provide convenient, high quality, orthopedic care to the community.

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