Gavriely ER, August 2012.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most frequent nerve compression affecting 0.3% of the population of whom 1/3rd (0.1%) requiring surgical release – Carpal Tunnel Release (CTR) each year. It is caused by crowding the median nerve in its passageway into the hand at the base of the palm. The symptoms are numbness, pain of the thumb and the middle fingers and weakness of the muscle at the base of the thumb. While non-surgical treatment is often tried, about a third of the patients require surgery, which is most often performed as an outpatient procedure under bleeding-free conditions and local anesthesia. The sterile Forearm HemaClear® is a safe and effective device for achieving optimal bleeding-free surgical field.