Carpal Tunnel Release with Ultrasound Guidance

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects an estimated 13 million1 Americans causing pain and keeping people from work and the activities they love. More than 2.7 million2 are clinically indicated for surgery, yet there are only 580,0003 procedures performed every year.

Closing the treatment gap

Traditional open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release (CTR) procedures are effective but may result in a lengthy recovery period and a large and sometimes painful scar.4,5,6

Understanding why patients elect to avoid traditional CTR surgery will help close the treatment gap.7,8

* Reasons for Declining CTR Procedures7,8

Carpal Tunnel Release with UltraGuideCTR™ and Real-Time Ultrasound Guidance

When you perform carpal tunnel release with UltraGuideCTR and real-time ultrasound guidance, you will see all of the critical anatomy in the wrist and hand. You will identify the safe zone and create space to transect the TCL while protecting sensitive anatomic structures.

Benefits include4,9,10

  • Most patients can return to work and the activities they love within 3-6 days
  • Performed in a procedure room or office setting using local anesthesia
  • Small incision typically closed without sutures
  • Most patients only require acetaminophen or NSAIDs for pain management
  • Postoperative therapy typically not required
  • Immediate motion of the hand for rapid recovery

Simple, Elegant, Safe and Effective

UltraGuideCTR features:

  • The low profile tapered tip allows the device to be inserted through a small incision.
  • Stealth MicroGuard® balloons gently create space and protect critical anatomy in the carpal tunnel prior to and during transection.
  • Meerkat Technology® – the TCL Blade® is hidden in the tip of the device for safe insertion and removal.
  • The TCL Blade cannot be activated unless the Stealth MicroGuard balloons are inflated.

Carpal Tunnel Release with UltraGuideCTR and Real-Time Ultrasound Guidance

  1. Throughout the procedure, the transverse carpal ligament and relevant anatomic structures are visualized directly, in real-time, with ultrasound imaging.
  2. UltraGuideCTR is inserted through a small incision over the proximal carpal tunnel region.
  3. Meerkat Technology coordinates the activation of the TCL Blade and the inflation of the Stealth MicroGuards.
    • The TCL Blade is initially positioned entirely within the tip and shaft of UltraGuideCTR and can only be activated after the Stealth MicroGuards are deployed.
  4. Once in position and the Stealth MicroGuards deployed, the TCL Blade is advanced from the tip of the device to transect, or divide, the transverse carpal ligament.
  5. The TCL Blade is returned to the inactive position, within the tip and shaft of the device, and the Stealth MicroGuards are deflated.
  6. UltraGuideCTR is removed and the small incision can be closed with an adhesive strip, bandage or sutures as needed.
The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures

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  • Self-guided, web-based ultrasound skills training
  • Educational webinars
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