FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROCHESTER, MN, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, MATHEW J. KIRSCH, HONORED BY SONEX HEALTH AS A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE PHYSICIAN FOR CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE USING ULTRASOUND GUIDANCE
ROCHESTER, MN – May 13, 2021 – Dr. Matthew J. Kirsch of Rochester, MN, has been selected by Sonex Health, Inc. as a national Center of Excellence physician for carpal tunnel release (CTR) using the SX-One MicroKnife® and real-time ultrasound guidance.
Since adopting the technique more than three years ago, Dr. Kirsch has helped hundreds of patients enjoy rapid recovery. A small incision in the wrist is typically closed without sutures and Tylenol® or ibuprofen is usually all that is needed to manage post-operative pain. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 3-6 days.
“The feedback from patients has been great,” says Dr. Kirsch. “After the procedure I often have patients say to me, ‘wow, that’s it?’ The less disruptive approach appeals to patients and the outcomes have been great. I perform carpal tunnel release with ultrasound guidance in a clinic procedure room with local anesthesia. Patients really appreciate avoiding the OR experience and all of those extra costs.”
“Dr. Kirsch’s outstanding outcomes using the SX-One Microknife and ultrasound guidance speak for themselves. In addition to his demonstrated clinical expertise, his commitment to improving the experiences of his patients has been exceptional. We’re honored to name Dr. Kirsch’s practice a Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Jay Smith, Chief Medical Officer at Sonex Health.
An estimated 13 million adults in the United States3 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 surgery4, yet only 580,000 procedures are performed each year5. The most common reasons for declining CTR surgery are fear of the surgery and concerns about recovery time.6,7 Providing a solution that can address these concerns will help to close the treatment gap and improve patients’ quality of life.
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ABOUT DR. MATTHEW J. KIRSCH
Matthew J. Kirsch, MD, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1999. He specializes in orthopedic treatments of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle, including knee and hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, and carpal tunnel release using ultrasound guidance. He works in Rochester, MN and is affiliated with the Olmsted Medical Center.
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 physicians at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic—is the SX-One Micro-Knife, which may be utilized in conjunction with ultrasound guidance to perform carpal tunnel release. For information about Sonex Health and the SX-One MicroKnife, please visit www.sonexhealth.com.
Clinical Studies on Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release
- Rojo-Manaute JM, Capa-Grasa A, Chana-Rodríguez F, et al. Ultra-Minimally Invasive Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Ultrasound Med. 2016;35(6):1149-1157.
- Sonex Health APEX-CTR patient registry. Data on file.
- Papanicolaou GD, et al. The prevalence and characteristics of nerve compression syndromes in the general population. J Hand Surg 2001;26A:460-6.
- 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?”