One of the World’s Leading Experts
Dr. Tyson Cobb, certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, began his career at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. After graduating, he simultaneously completed his surgical residency and earned his MS in Biomedical Sciences at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Following these accomplishments, he obtained further expertise with a Fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Texas. He relocated to the Davenport and Quad Cities area in 2000 to join the Orthopaedic Specialists team, where he currently serves as the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center. Dr. Cobb is frequently invited to lecture and instruct skilled surgeons from around the globe in the techniques and technology he has devoted his career to developing. By helping to advance the field of minimally invasive hand and upper extremity surgery, he hopes to improve the quality of life for patients around the world.
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Research and Clinical Interests
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers.The entire hand is affected in some patients. Symptoms typically start gradually and during the night. Pain may extend up the arm. Weak grip strength may occur and after a long period of time the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. In more than half of cases both sides are affected.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is the term used for the symptoms caused by ulnar nerve compression in the elbow/forearm region. It is the second most frequent peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome.Ulnar nerve compression leads to tingling (needles and pins) in the small and ring fingers and in a later stage to complete loss of sensation and to weakness and paralysis of the hand.he cause of this nerve problem is often unknown, young and old otherwise healthy individuals may be affected. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome can be associated with previous elbow trauma, elbow osteoarthritis and diabetic neuropathy.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more and more common in hospitals. These procedures are performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery — all with the same benefits.During a minimally invasive procedure, surgeons make several small incisions in the skin — just a few millimeters, in some cases.
A long, thin tube with a miniature camera attached at the end (called an endoscope) is passed through one of the incisions. Images from the endoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room so surgeons can get a clear (and magnified) view of the surgical area. Special instruments are passed through the other openings. These instruments allow the surgeon to perform the surgery by exploring, removing, or repairing whatever’s wrong inside the body