Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

We have performed 149 consecutive one-portal and 152 consecutive two-portal endoscopic carpal tunnel release operations. Average time to cessation of preoperative symptoms was 15 days in both the one-portal group and 17 days in the two-portal group. The complication rate in the one-portal group was 6%, and in the two-portal group it was 5%. In our opinion, the one-portal release technique is much more difficult and inherently more dangerous than the two-portal technique, and we recommend the latter for endoscopic carpal tunnel release. (J. HAND SURG.1991;17A;1009-11) Michael G. Brown, M.D., Brent Keyser, M.D. and Eric S. Rothenberg, M.D., Houston, Texas
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