Dr. Craig Chappell honored by The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures as a Center of Excellence Physician for Carpal Tunnel Release Using Ultrasound Guidance
EAGAN, Minn. – May 23, 2022 – The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures has named Dr. Craig Chappell of In2It Medical in Pleasant Grove, Utah a national Center of Excellence Physician for carpal tunnel release (CTR) using UltraGuideCTR and real-time ultrasound guidance.
“Our clinic specializes in technologies that provide our patients with an optimal experience,” says Dr. Chappell. “This technique allows us to take special care to avoid common complications that can be associated with carpal tunnel release.”
Since 2018, Dr. Chappell has performed more than 500 carpal tunnel release procedures with ultrasound guidance, helping patients resume normal activities in much shorter time than with traditional CTR approaches. The technique, which involves one small wrist incision, typically uses a bandage rather than sutures to close the incision and over-the-counter pain medication, such as Ibuprophen, is usually all that is needed to manage post-operative pain. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 3–6 days.
Dr. Chappell says his patients appreciate that no general anesthesia is required and that they can return to work faster using this technique. He performs most of his procedures on a Thursday so his patients — even those who do manual labor — have the opportunity to return to work on the following Monday.
“Dr. Chappell is dedicated to helping his patients get back to their busy lives by offering procedures that reduce downtime and improve function. His steadfast commitment to his patients and his clinic’s philosophy of a personalized and transformative approach to healing is why Dr. Chappell is a Center of Excellence Physician,” says Dr. Jay Smith, Chief Medical Officer at Sonex Health and The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures.
An estimated 13 million adults in the United States1 suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a nerve disorder that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and fingers. Left untreated, CTS can cause long-term damage and debilitation.
It has been estimated that more than 2.7 million CTS patients are indicated for carpal tunnel release surgery2, yet only 580,000 procedures are performed each year3. The most common reasons for declining CTR surgery are fear of the surgery and concerns about recovery time.4,5 Providing a solution that can address these concerns will help to close the treatment gap and improve patients’ quality of life.
ABOUT DR. CHAPPELL
Dr. Craig Chappell, DO, is a board certified neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist in Pleasant Grove, Utah, specializing in interventional orthopedics and regenerative medicine. He attended Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky; interned at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.; and served his family practice residency at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. He also served a fellowship in sports medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a fellowship in neuromusculoskeletal/osteopathic manual medicine at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chappell has also earned certifications in sports medicine (CAQSM) and in musculoskeletal sonography (RMSK).
ABOUT SONEX HEALTH
Founded in 2014, Sonex Health’s mission is to be the world leader in ultrasound guided surgery by delivering physicians innovative therapies that reduce invasiveness, improve safety, and reduce the cost of care. With a strong focus on entrapment neuropathy, Sonex Health’s first proprietary technology — developed by Dr. Darryl E. Barnes and Dr. Jay Smith at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic — is UltraGuideCTR (formerly referred to as SX-One Micro-Knife), which may be utilized with or without ultrasound guidance to perform carpal tunnel release. Sonex Health’s second proprietary technology is UltraGuideTFR, for the treatment of trigger finger, also known as stenosis tenosynovitis.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED ULTRASOUND GUIDED PROCEDURES
Founded in 2018 to support the Sonex Health mission and clinical excellence, The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures is focused on innovation supported by robust clinical research, and world-class professional education and training that transforms the treatment experience for patients, providers and payers.
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- Atroshi I, et al. Severe carpal tunnel syndrome potentially needing surgical treatment in a general population. J Hand Surg 2003;28A:649-44.
- Fajardo M, et al. Incidence of carpal tunnel release: trends and implications with the United States ambulatory care setting. J Hand Surg 2012;37A:1599-1605.
- Gong HS, Baek GH, Oh JH, Lee YH, Jeon SH, Chung MS. Factors affecting willingness to undergo carpal tunnel release. JBJS. 2009;91(9):2130-2136.
- Sonex Health Market Research “Why not Undergo CTR?”