Cutting-edge equipment to treat carpal tunnel syndrome donated to Hospital of St Cross - The Rugby Observer

Cutting-edge equipment to treat carpal tunnel syndrome donated to Hospital of St Cross

Rugby Editorial 28th Dec, 2021   0

CUTTING-edge equipment to better treat carpal tunnel syndrome through keyhole surgery has been donated to the Hospital of St Cross by the charity which supports it.

The Friends of St Cross has donated two sets of equipment required to perform Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Releases (eCTR) to the operating theatres at the hospital.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is where pressure on a nerve in the wrist causes pain and numbness in the hand and fingers.

The procedure ensures patients recover from surgery more quickly, as patients are more comfortable and have smaller scars than with non-keyhole methods.

The hospital’s Consultant Hand Surgeon Helen Hedley said: “Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common reasons patients are referred to the hand clinic. It causes pain, weakness, numbness and loss of function in the hand and frequently wakes patients at night, interrupting their sleep. It affects all ages, but most often the 45-75 age group.

“The new equipment allows patients to have both hands operated upon in one sitting, compared to standard treatment which would require two, and results in a quicker return to being able to wash hands, with just one period of recovery.”

Willy Goldschmidt, Communication Lead for the Friends of St Cross, said: “It is great to support this enhancement to services available at the Hospital of St Cross which will improve the patient experience and recovery time – especially if they need the procedure performed on both hands.”


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