Endoscopic carpal tunnel release provides faster recovery.

For millions of people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms start gradually. It usually begins with frequent numbness, tingling and burning in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb, the index fingers and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. Some people are unable to tell the difference between hot and cold by touch.

If you are suffering from these symptoms, there is a solution in sight. Dr. Joel M. Heiser can help treat carpal tunnel syndrome. He starts by immobilizing the wrist in a splint to minimize or prevent pressure on the nerves.

If that fails, patients are sometimes given anti-inflammatory drugs or injections of cortisone in the wrist to reduce the swelling. If conservative measures fail, surgical intervention is often necessary to relieve the pressure on the median nerve.

Fortunately, there is a well-tested, minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses arthroscopic techniques to correct this problem.

The experience and training you expect.

You’ll discover that Dr. Heiser is university-trained, board-certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has received specialty training in endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Heiser has performed more endoscopic carpal tunnel procedures than any surgeon in the area. You can trust Dr. Heiser to provide compassionate care because he’s a former carpal tunnel patient. Call (760) 726-5800 today to schedule your appointment.

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