Return to work following ultrasound guided thread carpal tunnel release versus open carpal tunnel release: a comparative study

Derek B. Asserson, Taylor J. North, Peter C. Rhee, Allen T. Bishop, Jeffrey S. Brault, Alexander Y. Shin

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Abstract

A retrospective review of hospital employees at a single employer institution who underwent ultrasound guided thread carpal tunnel release (TCTR) or open carpal tunnel release (OCTR) between January 2018 and August 2020 was performed to ascertain differences in return-to-work status. Patient age, sex, occupation, handedness, severity of carpal tunnel syndrome, prior treatments and surgical outcomes were reviewed. A total of 18 patients underwent TCTR and 17 patients underwent OCTR. The TCTR group averaged 12 days to return to work without restrictions, as opposed to 33 days for the OCTR group. Resolution of symptoms was afforded in all patients without any complications regardless of surgical technique. While both TCTR and OCTR were effective, our data indicates that TCTR resulted in a shorter return to work. Level of evidence: III

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Return to work
  • open carpal tunnel release
  • thread carpal tunnel release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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