Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common compressive neuropathy, and the median nerve decompression procedure in the carpal region is the most frequent peripheral nerve surgery. There are two types of recommended surgical techniques – the open carpal tunnel release approach and the endoscopic carpal tunnel release approach – that both offer satisfactory results. Although surgical planning options, advantages and potential complications of both techniques are well documented, choosing which one to use can be a difficult task.
In this article, we wanted to compare the duration of each type of surgery to identify the faster approach, thus hoping to limit patient discomfort, especially in regard to tourniquet use. The study was performed on 19 carpal tunnel syndrome patients, who were operated in a one hand only, separated in two groups. The first group was treated by open surgery while the second underwent endoscopic procedure