Carpal tunnel release surgery has been a well known and proven treatment for relieving the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome for many years. Ultrasound guided minimally invasive release surgery was introduced in 1997, and today has been optimized with safe, FDA approved surgical device equipment. Using ultrasound has the added advantage of allowing the physician to see the internal structures of the wrist in real time during the procedure, increasing the efficacy and accuracy of the release. Using microsurgery techniques allows for the release to be done in an office or outpatient setting, taking minutes to complete and needing only local anesthesia. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, the incision is small, no sutures are needed and the recovery time is much faster. Studies show most patients can return to their normal activities within 3-6 days.