10.6 μm CO2 Laser Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

  • Charles E. Kollmer


Popularization of the conventional endoscopic technique of carpal tunnel release started with the work of Chow (1989, 1990, 1993) and Okutsu (1989). The benefits of this technique include a rapid return to work, small incisions, little loss of pinch and grip strength, and visualization of the ligament for this limited-incision procedure. New systems are emerging for both single portal and bi-portal endoscopic carpal tunnel release. The addition of the laser for endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ECTR) provides benefits for hemostasis and decreasing mechanical manipulation during surgery (Strohecker and Piotrowski, 1985).


Median Nerve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Carpal Tunnel Release Palmar Arch 
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