OBJECT The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of an alternative minimally invasive technique for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS This was designed as a prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded end point evaluation (PROBE) study. The active comparison was double tunnels technique (DTT) (Group A, 110 patients) versus standard open decompression of the median nerve (control [Group B], 110 patients). Patient recruitment started in January 2011. The primary outcomes were the functional Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire (BCTSQ) scores and visual analog scale (VAS) scores for pain (pVAS) at Weeks 2 and 4, and at Months 3, 6, and 12. The secondary outcome was the aesthetics (aVAS) score at Weeks 2 and 4, and at Months 3, 6, and 12. RESULTS The Student t-test and ANOVA were used, and the results were considered statistically significant if the p value was ≤ 0.05 for continuous variables. The DTT is a tissue-sparing approach that allows the surgeon to limit the length of the incision (0.6 ± 0.05 cm) and to respect the palmar fascia and the subcutaneous tissue. Recovery from wrist pain, night pain, numbness, stiffness, and weakness was achieved more effectively and quickly compared with the standard approach. Better BCTSQ, pVAS, and aVAS scores were observed in Group A. CONCLUSIONS The DTT is a safe and effective approach for the treatment of CTS. This technique entails faster recovery times, better aesthetic outcomes, and lower risks of complications.

The double tunnels technique: an alternative minimally invasive approach for carpal tunnel syndrome

GALZIO, RENATO;
2015

Abstract

OBJECT The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of an alternative minimally invasive technique for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS This was designed as a prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded end point evaluation (PROBE) study. The active comparison was double tunnels technique (DTT) (Group A, 110 patients) versus standard open decompression of the median nerve (control [Group B], 110 patients). Patient recruitment started in January 2011. The primary outcomes were the functional Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire (BCTSQ) scores and visual analog scale (VAS) scores for pain (pVAS) at Weeks 2 and 4, and at Months 3, 6, and 12. The secondary outcome was the aesthetics (aVAS) score at Weeks 2 and 4, and at Months 3, 6, and 12. RESULTS The Student t-test and ANOVA were used, and the results were considered statistically significant if the p value was ≤ 0.05 for continuous variables. The DTT is a tissue-sparing approach that allows the surgeon to limit the length of the incision (0.6 ± 0.05 cm) and to respect the palmar fascia and the subcutaneous tissue. Recovery from wrist pain, night pain, numbness, stiffness, and weakness was achieved more effectively and quickly compared with the standard approach. Better BCTSQ, pVAS, and aVAS scores were observed in Group A. CONCLUSIONS The DTT is a safe and effective approach for the treatment of CTS. This technique entails faster recovery times, better aesthetic outcomes, and lower risks of complications.
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