It's time for Healthier Hawaii. Today we're talking about an increasingly common condition -- carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Sam Chen is an orthopedic surgeon at Straub Medical Center. What is common is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel is a condition that affects about 12 million people in the United States.
It's becoming more common and more recently being seen in younger people, primarily due to the use of technology.
Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is the second most common type of musculoskeletal surgery with well over 230,000 procedures performed annually.
However, the traditional surgical options available for carpal tunnel syndrome either through open surgery or performed endoscopically do not always offer permanent relief and recovery can take months.
Straub Medical Center is the first in Hawai'i to now offer a new procedure for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome that uses ultrasound imaging. It is a less invasive procedure that offers faster pain relief and recovery for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.