Explanation and information about limited open carpal tunnel syndrome
This app, created by Surgery Squad, is a cute and useful educational tool for educating patients about carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, the information in the app is not all entirely accurate as it draws a very strong link between computer use and carpal tunnel syndrome and suggests that release of transverse carpal ligament alleviates all “inflammation” of the median nerve. Using cartoon-like graphics and user interaction, the app asks you to “perform” the procedure through the various steps of a standard carpal tunnel utilizing a carpal tunnel-tome. The steps are overall reasonable, but obviously reflect the specific preferences of the design surgeons, such as use of non-absorbable sutures and a post-operative splint with return to activity in 4-6 weeks. Overall, this may be a useful app to recommend to patients considering a carpal tunnel release, especially if the technique closely matches your own.