Hand & Wrist
Hand surgery is a specialized type of procedure that may be performed to correct a wide range of diseases, injuries and defects that may cause symptoms and/or affect the appearance of the hand. Your hand surgery procedure will be customized in order to repair your individual condition and leave your hands feeling their best.
Some of the more common hand and wrist conditions and treatments we see are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition involving numbness, pain, tingling and instability in the wrist, hand and fingers. It occurs when pressure is put on a nerve in the wrist called the median nerve, which controls motor function in the wrist and hand. This pressure, called impingement, is most often caused by bone spurs, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive use or injury. It can often be effectively treated with nonsurgical therapies such as wrist splints, anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids. In cases where pain and numbness persist, surgery (usually endoscopic surgery) may be necessary to relieve pressure on the nerve.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure performed to relieve pressure on the median nerve and reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This procedure can help restore muscle strength and dexterity and is typically performed on patients who have had persistent symptoms that do not respond to conservative treatment methods.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release involves two tiny incisions and offers patients less post-operative pain and the ability to return to work more quickly. The Hand surgeon at Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic specializes in endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
deQuervain’s Tendonitis or Tenosynovitis
Wrist tendonitis (also called deQuervain’s tendonitis or tenosynovitis) is an inflammation of the tendons that cross the wrist and attach to the thumb. If you have deQuervain’s tendonitis, it hurts to bend, extend or turn your wrist or form a fist with the thumb tucked inside. Pain is usually located in the front of the wrist and worsens with activity. If detected early, tendonitis can be treated with steroids or anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced cases may require surgery.
Effective hand surgery requires the skill and precision of an experienced surgeon, to successfully treat the condition and restore full function to the hand. At Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic, our surgeons have years of experiences, specialized training and board certification in hand surgery. They perform a large range of hand surgery and utilize the latest surgical techniques, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Trigger finger is a condition that involves one of the fingers becoming stuck in a bent position and then rapidly straightened like the trigger of a gun. This condition is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendons in the finger and is common in people who perform repetitive gripping actions. It is also more common in women and people with diabetes.
Mild cases of trigger finger can often be treated through conservative home methods such as rest, finger exercises and avoiding repetitive movements. More severe cases may need anti-inflammatory medication, steroids or surgery.
To learn more about our Hand and Wrist Procedures & Treatments, please contact us at (504) 349-6804 today to schedule an appointment.