Trial of ultrasound guided carpal tunnel release versus traditional open release (TUTOR)

Kyle R. Eberlin, Christopher J. Dy, Mark D. Fischer, James L. Gluck, F. Thomas D. Kaplan, Thomas J. McDonald, Larry E. Miller, Alexander Palmer, Marc E. Walker, James F. Watt

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Abstract

Background: Carpal tunnel release (CTR) is a surgical treatment option for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms that are unresponsive to conservative treatment. Most patients experience symptomatic relief after CTR regardless of the surgical technique. However, direct comparisons of the safety and effectiveness between CTR surgical techniques are limited. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to compare the safety and effectiveness of CTR with ultrasound guidance (CTR-US) versus mini-open CTR (mOCTR) in subjects with symptomatic CTS. Design and methods: TUTOR (Trial of Ultrasound guided CTR versus Traditional Open Release) is a randomized controlled trial in which 120 subjects at up to 12 sites in the United States will be randomized (2:1) to receive CTR-US or mOCTR. The primary endpoint of the study is the percentage of patients who return to normal daily activities within 3 days of the procedure. Secondary endpoints of the study are median time to return to normal daily activities, percentage of patients who return to work within 3 days of the procedure, median time to return to work, Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire Symptom Severity Scale (BCTQ-SSS) change score at 3 months, BCTQ Functional Status Scale (BCTQ-FSS) change score at 3 months, Numeric Pain Scale change score at 3 months, EuroQoL-5 Dimension 5-Level (EQ-5D-5L) change score at 3 months, and the incidence of device- or procedure-related adverse events at 3 months. Patient follow-up in this trial will continue for 1 year. Ethics and dissemination: This study was approved by a central institutional review board and ongoing trial oversight will be provided by a data safety monitoring board (DSMB). The authors intend to report the results of this trial at medical conferences and peer-reviewed journals. The outcomes of TUTOR will have important clinical and economic implications for all stakeholders involved in treating patients with CTS. Study registration: ClinicalTrials.gov (https://clinicaltrials.gov): NCT05405218. Level of evidence: 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E30775
JournalMedicine (United States)
Volume101
Issue number41
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2022

Keywords

  • TUTOR
  • carpal tunnel release
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • randomized controlled trial
  • ultrasound

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