Hand / Wrist
Hand / Wrist Procedures:
- Fracture Reduction & Fixation
- Trigger release
- Tendon repair
- “Game Keepers” thumb repair
- Thumb/Basal Joint Arthroplasty (for arthritic pain)
- Dupuytrens contracture releases
- Carpal Tunnel Release
- Guyans Canal Release
- DeQuervain’s Release
There are many different causes of hand and wrist pain. Discomfort that occurs after an injury, such as a sprain or strain, will usually resolve with proper rest and the help of anti-inflammatory medications. Broken bones need immobilization with a cast or splint, and sometimes surgical correction to help fix the alignment of the bones or to repair a tendon that has been cut or has ruptured.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis in the thumb, trigger fingers, and ganglion cysts can be managed conservatively with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and activity modification. Because these problems are usually a result of inflammation, these conservative treatments may decrease the pain enough so that you may function normally. If these methods fail, however, surgical intervention is often needed to address the underlying cause of the pain.
Arthritis in the hand and wrist is most often treated with anti-inflammatory medications and activity modification. A steroid injection can be given into certain joints for temporary relief. If your arthritis pain is extremely debilitating, sometimes a surgical fusion of that joint can help relieve some or most of the pain.
All surgeries on the hand and wrist are done on an outpatient basis. Most are done under local anesthesia and sedation in the operating room, which means that you can go home from the hospital soon after the procedure. Trigger finger releases are performed in our office under local anesthesia.
- The Hand In General
- General Orthopedics
- OrthoInfo - Carpal Tunnel
- US National Library of Medicine - More On Carpal Tunnel
- Trigger Finger
- OrthoInfo - De Quervain’s Tendinitis