We are dedicated to ensuring our patients at Vero Orthopaedics have access to the best options to help restore their strength, function, and active lifestyles. Through that dedication, our experts research and train in the latest care technologies, such as the UltraGuideCTR device.
Offered by Dr. Paul Paterson, a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon, procedures using UltraGuideCTR provide same-day relief for a common problem: carpal tunnel syndrome.
About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
While there are many possible causes with carpal tunnel syndrome, the condition is marked by compression of the median nerve in the hand and wrist. This nerve runs through the wrist in a space called the carpal tunnel. When this tunnel narrows or when there is swelling in the surrounding tendons, there is pressure on the nerve, leading to a number of problems.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Pain or pins-and-needles sensation from your hand up your arm
- Pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand and fingers, which may worsen at night
- Weakness in your hand
- Difficulty picking up and holding objects
Why Choose UltraGuideCTR?
Many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome can be resolved without surgery. If relief isn’t found, surgical treatment called carpal tunnel release is considered. Traditionally, carpal tunnel release is performed with an open technique, where a surgeon cuts the wrist open through a two-inch incision. The surgeon then cuts the ligament covering the carpal tunnel to relieve the nerve pressure. Tissue around the nerve may also be removed if necessary.
Another surgical option is an endoscopic carpal tunnel release. This technique has a smaller incision, and the surgeon performs the release using small instruments and video from a small camera inserted in the wrist. This method as well as the open technique both involve scarring, limited postoperative hand mobility, and an extended recovery, including hand therapy.
Procedures with UltraGuideCTR are performed using ultrasound guidance to provide fast relief with minimized recovery time. The ultrasound delivers highly accurate imaging of the wrist anatomy for advanced precision and efficiency.
Benefits of UltraGuideCTR procedures include:
- Return to work and other activities in three to six days for the majority of patients
- Rapid recovery with immediate ability to use the hand
- Reduced necessity of hand therapy after the procedure
- Postoperative pain management requiring only over-the-counter medications
- Minimized wrist incision for minimized scarring—no sutures necessary
- Convenient in-office, same-day treatment and recovery
To help patients understand UltraGuideCTR and find out if they are a good candidate for the procedure, Dr. Paterson also frequently hosts free educational seminars and screenings. To learn more about UltraGuideCTR, watch the video below and check our social media for the next free event.