Recovery after carpal tunnel syndrome operation: the influence of the opposite hand, if operated on in the same session

Citation
J. Huracek et al., Recovery after carpal tunnel syndrome operation: the influence of the opposite hand, if operated on in the same session, ARCH ORTHOP, 121(7), 2001, pp. 368-370
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ortopedics, Rehabilitation & Sport Medicine
Journal title
ARCHIVES OF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMA SURGERY
ISSN journal
0936-8051 → ACNP
Volume
121
Issue
7
Year of publication
2001
Pages
368 - 370
Database
ISI
SICI code
0936-8051(200107)121:7<368:RACTSO>2.0.ZU;2-9
Abstract
In a clinical, retrospectively randomised study, we compared the results of the operation for a carpal tunnel syndrome when one side only or both side s were simultaneously assessed in one session. Of the 125 patients examined , 47.2% had both hands operated on in one session, 52.8% had only one hand operated on in one session or both hands in two sessions. We found the bila teral simultaneous operation to be associated with better results concernin g earlier return to work. earlier relief of symptoms and better patient sat isfaction than the operation on one side only. These are explained by the n ecessity of using both hands for daily activities and thus a guaranteed fun ctional follow-up treatment after the bilateral operation. In conclusion, w e propose operating on both hands simultaneously whenever possible, even if the opposite hand presents with only a slight CTS, which would otherwise n ot be considered for operation yet.