Study: Simultaneous bilateral carpal tunnel release has similar early outcomes as unilateral release

  • October 7, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Patients who had a simultaneous bilateral carpal tunnel release as part of a planned staged release showed no increased short-term impairment when compared to patients who received a unilateral release, according to results of this study presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, here.

“In conclusion, patients who undergo bilateral carpal tunnel release can anticipate 2 to 3 days of additional impairment, specifically with activities that require a heavier gripping or lifting such as cooking or household chores,” Daniel A. Osei, MD, stated in his presentation. “Surprisingly, despite the fact that patients who chose unilateral carpal tunnel release did so primarily due to worries about self-care, patients undergoing bilateral carpal tunnel release had no additional perceived difficulty with performing hygiene-related [activities of daily living] ADLs or nonmanual labor-related activities.”

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