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ISRN Neurology
Volume 2013, Article ID 721830, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/721830
Clinical Study

A Retrospective Comparison of Conventional versus Transverse Mini-Incision Technique for Carpal Tunnel Release

1Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Yıl University, Van, Turkey
2Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Bozok University, Yozgat, Turkey
3Derince Teaching and Searching Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey
4Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Bozok University, Yozgat, Turkey

Received 8 October 2013; Accepted 19 November 2013

Academic Editors: W. Lüdemann and P. Marchettini

Copyright © 2013 İsmail Gülşen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. In this retrospective study, we aimed to compare the results of two surgical techniques, conventional and transverse mini-incision. Materials and Methods. 95 patients were operated between 2011 and 2012 in Bitlis State Hospital. 50 patients were operated with conventional technique and 45 of them were operated with minimal transverse incision. Postoperative complications, incision site problems, and the time of starting to use their hands in daily activities were noted. Results. 95 patients were included in the study. The mean age was 48. 87 of them were female and 8 were male. There was no problem of incision site in both of the two surgical techniques. Only in one patient, anesthesia developed in minimal incision technique. The time of starting to use their hands in daily activities was 22,2 days and 17 days in conventional and minimal incision technique, respectively. Conclusion. Two surgical techniques did not show superiority to each other in terms of postoperative complications and incision site problems except the time of starting to use their hands in daily activities.