A world first occurred at Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) in June with the first ever carpal tunnel release performed through a single needle hole, pioneering a new concept in surgery “the ultrasound-guided micro-invasive procedure”.
Carpal tunnel release is one of the commonest surgeries with over 500,000 performed each year in Australia. The procedure was performed under ultrasound guidance by anaesthetist Associate Professor Peter Hebbard & surgeon Dr Stephen Franzi.
The operation was the culmination of a decade-long project by Professor Hebbard to design a needle-based tool which has been named the “micro-iblade”. Professor Hebbard carried out studies of the micro-iblade in cadavers last year at the Macquarie University Surgical Skills Centre in Sydney & the results were published in the prestigious Journal of Ultrasound Medicine.
Now after 3 months, patient Cheryl Sinclair can see the benefits of the new procedure having no scar on her hand & minimal post-operative pain
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