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Endoscopic vs Open Carpal Tunnel Release: Comparison of Patient Satisfaction, Outcomes, and Complications

This study is currently Recruiting

April 2009 By Penn State University

First Recieved on April 10, 2009

Last Updated on August 4, 2010

Sponsor: Penn State University
Information provided by: Penn State University
Identifier: NCT00880295


Although some surgeons prefer one technique rather than the other, both endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release procedures are accepted as standard of care surgeries to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. The investigator's research is designed to evaluate the significant difference in patient satisfaction between endoscopically-released wrists and open-released wrists. The goal of the study is to compare the two techniques using the following criteria: 1. Primary outcome: patient satisfaction via surveys used in prior publications 2. Secondary outcome: length of time to return to work 3. Secondary outcome: clinical data for recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome including a thorough physical exam and EMG's 4. Secondary outcome: complication rates

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)


Ages Eligible for Study:18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:No

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Patients between the ages of 18 and 75 2. Documented clinical and electromyography (EMG) proven carpal tunnel syndrome Exclusion Criteria: 1. Recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome 2. Inflammatory arthropathy 3. Peripheral neuropathy 4. Diabetes 5. < 18 or > 75 years old 6. Pregnant at the time of enrollment


  • Investigator: Stephen Nogan, B.S. - Principal Investigator - Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

    Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 United States

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