Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery Reduces Recovery for Quad Cities Patients

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC discusses how the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ can reduce pain and speed recovery when utilized for carpal tunnel release.

Davenport, IA — A condition affecting millions of Americans, severe carpal tunnel syndrome can cause significant discomfort and limit mobility. A new instrument that enables micro-invasive carpal tunnel release offers better results, shorter recovery, and reduced pain compared to traditional surgery, says Quad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD. He indicates the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ requires a tiny incision and includes tissue-sparing features that promote faster healing and minimize the risk of complications.

The SX-One MicroKnife™ is designed to enter through a four to five-millimeter-long incision, an opening smaller than the end of a pencil eraser. Dr. Cobb explains that once the device is inserted he can guide the instrument to the transverse carpal ligament (TCL) using ultrasound technology, which supplies an image of the interior structures. Once positioned, he says the TCL Blade™ can be activated to release the irritated ligament and allow smoother, pain-free movement.

In addition to the blade remaining enclosed until needed, Dr. Cobb notes that the SX-One MicroKnife™ includes Stealth MicroGuards™, which deploy to create a safe space around the scalpel and minimize the risk of damage to surrounding tissues. He says the blade and guards can all be closed back up and removed through the same small opening, and no stitches are required—an adhesive bandage is sufficient to seal the incision.

Dr. Cobb reveals that traditional open carpal tunnel surgery requires an incision that is half-an-inch to an inch long or greater. He says this size opening typically takes longer to heal, causes the patient more pain, and has a higher risk of causing damage to nearby blood vessels, tendons, and nerves than the micro-invasive technique using the SX-One MicroKnife™. For these reasons, Dr. Cobb believes patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from consulting with an orthopaedic hand surgeon who is adept with this advanced technology. “We are proud to be the first to bring this technology to the Quad Cities. In addition to faster recovery and less post-operative pain, this new technology will allow the convenience of an in-office procedure that costs less than half of traditional surgery.”

About Tyson Cobb, MD

The Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC, Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He holds patents for a number of innovative minimally invasive technologies and travels to prestigious medical conferences around the globe instructing surgeons on the latest endoscopic techniques. Dr. Cobb is an active member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Dr.Tyson Cobb Md Orthopedic

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

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Quad Cities Hand Surgeon Helps Develop Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC explains the benefits of micro-invasive carpal tunnel release using the Sonex SX-One MicroKnife™, including low downtime and reduced discomfort.

Davenport, IA — Providing effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is of primary concern to Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic hand surgeon in the Quad Cities. To better assist patients suffering from this common condition, he helped to develop a procedure called ultrasound-guided micro-invasive carpal tunnel release, which utilizes the innovative Sonex SX-One MicroKnife™. He says the advanced technique and instrument can reduce downtime, minimize pain, and improve results.

Dr. Cobb explains that this new method of carpal tunnel release can be performed in-office or in a surgical center and requires only local anesthetic, making the technique more accessible to patients who cannot receive traditional anesthesia. “For patients who fail medical clearance, it allows us to do a simple office-based procedure, similar to what you might have in a dental office.”

Part of what makes this procedure so unique, Dr. Cobb reveals, is the use of ultrasound technology to guide the process and identify essential anatomic structures. Once the area of concern is identified, he can insert the SX-One MicroKnife™ through a tiny incision and reduce pressure on the median nerve—the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Tyson Cobb says the SX-One MicroKnife™ has several built-in safety features, including a blade that extends and retracts, as well as inflatable bumpers. Both elements are designed to minimize risk of harm to surrounding tissues in the treatment area. The diminutive size of the device also means the incision can be as small as four or five millimeters, or about the size of the top of a pencil eraser. Dr. Cobb adds that sutures typically will not be needed to close the incision; an adhesive bandage is sufficient.

As the first surgeon in the state of Iowa to perform the treatment, Dr. Cobb hopes to bring relief to many individuals suffering from CTS who have been unable to find a suitable solution. Dr. Cobb reports: “All Sonex procedures have been successful, and all of my patients have been very happy with the outcome. We are very excited to be able to offer this new treatment option and we enjoy seeing patients benefit from a much shorter recovery.”

About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. He has completed additional training, including earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand and accomplishing a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular surgery. Dr. Cobb holds patents on several minimally invasive surgical devices, and he has traveled internationally to lecture at prestigious conferences and to train surgeons in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Dr.Tyson Cobb MD shares how his new minimally invasive technique could save the US over $400 million annually through faster return to work

The increasing cost of healthcare and the current state of our country’s healthcare system has made the importance of lower cost alternatives for care a hot topic. Cubital tunnel syndrome is the 2nd most common nerve compression occurring in the arm (carpal tunnel being the most common). There’s currently a lack of evidence linking cubital tunnel syndrome to workplace activities; nevertheless, this condition does have significant negative implications to both the employee and employer, and our physicians understand the unique nature of this problem. Let’s consider for a moment some of the costs associated with cubital tunnel syndrome.

PROBLEM

Costs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to the EMPLOYEE

Indirect costs: lost wages, loss of fringe benefits at your current position, work and life disruption (hospital visits, rehab, pain, etc.), and loss of productivity outside of work (child care, home repairs, etc.) while injured or during the recovery phase
Direct costs: medical expenses and medications/rehab not covered by insurance

Costs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to the EMPLOYER

Indirect costs: time spent on replacing employees and employee retraining, accident/injury investigation, workplace disruption, lost productivity, absenteeism
Direct costs: higher insurance premiums, costs for legal services, medical expenses

SOLUTION

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
A recent publication by Dr.Tyson Cobb , et al., (Cobb, Walden, Merrell, Lemke. Setting expectations following endoscopic cubital tunnel release. HAND, April 2014) demonstrated that patients are able to get back to full duty 63 days sooner following endoscopic cubital tunnel release compared to the older, gold standard open surgical approach of anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve. The indirect and direct cost benefit of the staggering return-to-work difference is substantial to both the employee and employer.

The faster return to work following the minimally invasive procedure results in an estimated $436,000,000 potential annual savings in the U.S. (This calculation is based on an estimated number of cubital tunnel cases in the U.S. per year of 73,673 multiplied by 63 days faster recovery multiplied by the estimated $94.00 per day disability cost). Given the current economic state of what some would consider a healthcare crisis in the United States, we should be sensitive to what many would consider negligible differences that obviously add up when taken collectively for the entire nation.

For more information about cubital tunnel syndrome, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact us today.

http://drtysoncobb.com/uncategorized/dr-cobb-shares-innovative-surgical-technique-for-thumb-arthritis-at-international-orthopaedic-conference/

Types of Biceps Injuries and Treatment Options

Whether performed as part of demanding exercise regimen or as an occupational duty, heavy lifting can place great strain on the biceps muscles and tendons. When overstressed, these tissues can be damaged, typically leading to significant pain and debilitation. If you’re suffering from a biceps injury or believe you may be, Dr. Tyson Cobb and our team of experienced healthcare professionals can diagnose your condition and provide effective treatment options tailored to your specific needs.
There are three main types of biceps injuries: tendinitis, tendon dislocation, and tendon tear or rupture.
Tendinitis usually occurs as a result of overuse and often can be healed with rest and time, particularly if the injury is minor. As with many biceps injuries, the discomfort may originate from the shoulder or the elbow. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cobb will determine the nature of your injury.
Tendon dislocation, sometimes called tendon instability or tendon subluxation, generally occurs as a result of complications from a shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff tear, where the long head of the biceps tendon migrates out of the anatomical groove where it should sit. Generally the two conditions will need to be treated together.
Biceps tendon tear or rupture can occur as a result of overuse or traumatic injury. Tears can be partial or complete and can occur at the shoulder (long head) or at the elbow. Minor partial tears often can be addressed with non-surgical treatment. A full tear, also called a rupture, typically results in shortening of the muscle, creating a bulge. Biceps tendon tears of the long head can cause a “popeye” muscle in the arm. Tears of the biceps at the elbow result in weakness and should be surgically repaired to restore strength in active people.
At Orthopaedic Specialists, we offer minimally invasive endoscopic surgical options for both of these conditions, and Dr. Cobb has developed and patented an innovative surgical device that is designed to repair biceps tendon tears using a minimally invasive technique.
See our patient talk about his experience here
For more information about biceps injuries and the available surgical and non-surgical treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb, please contact our office today.

Contact us:
Orthopaedic Specialists, PC Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 344-9292
Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Discusses Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC recently presented his research and experience performing minimally invasive treatment of CMC Arthritis at the combined conference for IFSHT and IFSSH

DAVENPORT, IA — (Marketwired — Feb 14, 2017) — Quad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD was an invited guest speaker at the 2016 combined meetings of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 24–28 of October. Dr. Cobb was selected to present his experience and expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of thumb arthritis, Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of CMC Arthritis.

“In order to respond to the demand for safer, better, faster surgical outcomes,” says Dr. Cobb, “my attendance and collaborative interactions at meetings like the one in Buenos Aires allow me to respond to patient demands by being on the cutting-edge of the latest surgical advancements. Although it was an honor to be asked to present at the meeting, I really enjoy the opportunity to learn from and discuss ideas with brilliant surgeons from around the world.”

With more than 120 speakers and over 1,500 attendees from all over the world, hand surgeons and hand therapists from North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe gathered to share their latest scientific findings and clinical experience. When not speaking, Dr. Cobb attended lectures and engaged in scientific discourse, “constantly seeking to learn how to better serve my patients using the most up-to-date minimally invasive treatment options.”

According to Dr. Cobb, the theme of the meeting was to discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery. Topics relevant to Dr. Cobb’s Davenport area practice included microsurgery of nerves and tendons, wrist surgery, treatment of finger contractures, hand trauma, wide-awake hand surgeries, and the use of ultrasound for diagnosis and minimally-invasive surgical treatment.

About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Tyson Cobb is the board certified Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. A member of several distinguished medical organizations, including the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, he is also a pioneer of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Cobb earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed additional training at the Mayo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the University of Texas. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

To view the original source of this press release, click here:http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/quad-cities-orthopaedic-surgeon-discusses-past-present-and-future-of-hand-surgery-2195917.htm

Contact Information

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344–9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344–9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243–4170

Dr.Tyson Cobb MD shares how his new minimally invasive technique could save the US over $400 million annually through faster return to work

The increasing cost of healthcare and the current state of our country’s healthcare system has made the importance of lower cost alternatives for care a hot topic. Cubital tunnel syndrome is the 2nd most common nerve compression occurring in the arm (carpal tunnel being the most common). There’s currently a lack of evidence linking cubital tunnel syndrome to workplace activities; nevertheless, this condition does have significant negative implications to both the employee and employer, and our physicians understand the unique nature of this problem. Let’s consider for a moment some of the costs associated with cubital tunnel syndrome.

PROBLEM

Costs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to the EMPLOYEE

Indirect costs: lost wages, loss of fringe benefits at your current position, work and life disruption (hospital visits, rehab, pain, etc.), and loss of productivity outside of work (child care, home repairs, etc.) while injured or during the recovery phase
Direct costs: medical expenses and medications/rehab not covered by insurance

Costs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to the EMPLOYER

Indirect costs: time spent on replacing employees and employee retraining, accident/injury investigation, workplace disruption, lost productivity, absenteeism
Direct costs: higher insurance premiums, costs for legal services, medical expenses

SOLUTION

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
A recent publication by Dr.Tyson Cobb , et al., (Cobb, Walden, Merrell, Lemke. Setting expectations following endoscopic cubital tunnel release. HAND, April 2014) demonstrated that patients are able to get back to full duty 63 days sooner following endoscopic cubital tunnel release compared to the older, gold standard open surgical approach of anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve. The indirect and direct cost benefit of the staggering return-to-work difference is substantial to both the employee and employer.

The faster return to work following the minimally invasive procedure results in an estimated $436,000,000 potential annual savings in the U.S. (This calculation is based on an estimated number of cubital tunnel cases in the U.S. per year of 73,673 multiplied by 63 days faster recovery multiplied by the estimated $94.00 per day disability cost). Given the current economic state of what some would consider a healthcare crisis in the United States, we should be sensitive to what many would consider negligible differences that obviously add up when taken collectively for the entire nation.

For more information about cubital tunnel syndrome, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact us today.

http://drtysoncobb.com/uncategorized/dr-cobb-shares-innovative-surgical-technique-for-thumb-arthritis-at-international-orthopaedic-conference/

Dr. Cobb Shares Innovative Surgical Technique for Thumb Arthritis at International Orthopaedic Conference

Our experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, has dedicated his life to helping patients find relief from arthritis and joint pain. To this end, he has developed some of the most effective minimally invasive surgical techniques available. As a leader in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery, Dr. Cobb was invited to speak at the 16th Annual European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) about his latest thumb arthritis treatment.

The event was held in Prague, Czech Republic. Thousands of orthopaedic specialists from 42 countries arrived to review the latest medical treatments, studies, and discoveries in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Cobb was specifically invited to address the combined symposium for the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society and the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH). During the presentation, he reviewed his research into thumb basal joint arthritis and discussed arthroscopic resection arthroplasty, his innovative, minimally-invasive surgical technique.

Dr. Cobb was honored to participate in the EFORT conference and to have the opportunity to share his ideas, expertise, and experience with some of the finest minds in orthopaedics. He believes these discussions can stimulate development of new, less invasive treatments and educate physicians around the world in how to provide the best patient care possible.

For more information about Dr. Cobb’s minimally-invasive treatments for thumb arthritis and joint replacement, of if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.