Bon Secours offers new treatment option for carpal tunnel patients

April 6, 2023


Drs. Megan Friend and Fiesky Nunez

Bon Secours is now offering patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) a new, high-tech treatment option that is minimally invasive.

The low profile UltraGuideCTR™ utilizes technology developed by physicians at the Mayo Clinic. It is designed to perform carpal tunnel release (CTR) through a single incision while protecting sensitive anatomy when releasing the transverse carpal ligament (TCL). Drs. Megan Friend and Fiesky Nunez at Bon Secours Piedmont Orthopaedics are the only trained surgeons in South Carolina to offer the new treatment option.

“This is an exciting option for patients who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome but have hesitated to seek treatment due to the intimidation of surgery, long recovery time, or costs associated with current treatment options,” said Dr. Nunez.

Traditional CTR procedures can remedy the condition but may result in large and sometimes painful scars, ongoing palmar pain, and a long road to recovery. This new technology allows the physician to perform CTR through a small incision, which can typically be closed with an adhesive strip or bandage instead of sutures. The procedure can also be performed in an outpatient setting utilizing local anesthesia and has been associated with reduced pain and rapid recovery. Most patients return to normal activity in 3 to 6 days.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be debilitating if left untreated,” said Dr. Friend. “UltraGuideCTR allows us to perform CTR with ultrasound guidance, which is less invasive and promotes a rapid recovery so patients can get back to their jobs and lives faster.”

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects more than 12 million Americans and results in 650,000 surgeries every year. As the only trained surgeons to offer this treatment in the Palmetto State, Drs. Friend and Nunez have treated carpal tunnel patients from as far away as Charleston, Charlotte, and Tennessee. If you’d like to learn more about the treatment, call Bon Secours Piedmont Orthopaedics at 864-234-7654.

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About Bon Secours

Bon Secours St. Francis is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Bon Secours St. Francis provides compassionate medical care to thousands of area residents through Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown and Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside, as well as a network of primary and specialty care practices, and ambulatory care sites across the Greenville region. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, BSMH provided more than $600 million dollars in community investments across five states in 2021, ensuring that cost is not a barrier to health care for our patients in need. In addition to charity care, BSMH invests in programs that address chronic illness, affordable housing, access to healthy food, education and wellness programs, transportation, workforce development and other social determinants of health that directly affect the communities we serve. The mission of Bon Secours St. Francis is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved. For more information, visit