Minimally-invasive surgery involves the use of miniature cameras placed through small incisions, which enable the surgeon to perform surgeries that are normally performed through an open, much larger incision. A common example of this technique is the removal of the gallbladder through small camera that is placed into the abdomen (known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy). The first surgery of this kind was performed in 1988, and the patient recovered in days rather than weeks or months. Benefits to minimally-invasive surgery include a much faster recovery and less pain than experienced with open surgery.
The use of minimally-invasive approaches for hand surgery has also lead to significant improvement in patient outcomes. However, there had been many risks associated with this technique in the past. These included increased nerve, tendon, or blood vessel damage due to the limitation in visualization.
Today, EndoTech® is a revolutionary minimally-invasive instrumentation system, developed right here in Arizona. This new patent-pending system provides the most advanced visualization of any endoscopic hand surgery technique. Its leading-edge technology allows the surgeon to see all of the internal anatomy with extreme clarity, so that procedures can be performed in the safest and most effective manner possible.
Studies have shown that this remarkable visualization significantly decreases surgical risks, with zero complications to date in over 4000 procedures performed. EndoTech® results in the least amount of pain and fastest recovery compared to other surgical techniques. This allows for a much higher success rate and a greater overall patient outcome.
In the following example, EndoTech® carpal tunnel release in California allowed patients to return to full work activity in less than 6 days, compared to approximately 20 days for the typical endoscopic technique -and as long 38 days for the typical open procedure!