Hand Surgery

The hand consists of 27 bones, five of which link to the digits (fingers and thumb). The muscles in your hand can be subdivided into two groups, extrinsic and intrinsic, with muscles extending to the wrist. Our hand specialist surgeons have a vast knowledge of many complicated hand and wrist problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as many ways to treat them.

Recovery time following hand surgery depends on the type of procedure that has been carried out, and the type of activity a patient is involved in. For example, patients who carry out heavy labour jobs will not be able to return to work straight away. More accurate healing estimates will need to be discussed with your surgeon prior to any operation.

Common causes of hand/wrist pain.

    • Tendonitis/ Tenosynovitis: inflammation and swelling of tendons or the tendon lining or sheath.
    • De Quervains Tenovaginitis: one of the most common forms of tenosynovitis which affects the thumb tendons where they run along the side of the wrist.
    • Trigger Finger: A finger that ‘triggers’ or clicks and may lock, usually in a bent position.
    • Golfers/ Tennis Elbow: Inflammation/tear of the origin of the flexor muscles at the inner aspect of the elbow (golfers) or extensor muscles at the outer aspect of the elbow (tennis).
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, resulting in reduced nerve function.
    • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Pressure on the ulna nerve at the elbow, resulting in reduced nerve function.
    • Arthritis : Also called osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, wear and tear. Arthritis is joint damage associated with pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling.
    • Ganglion: A lump found commonly on the back or front of the wrist. Ganglia may also occur at the base of the finger.
    • Basal thumb arthritis: Arthritis occurring at the base of the thumb.
    • Dupuytren’s Contracture: A contracture in the hand preventing the finger(s) fully straightening.
    • Wrist Fracture: A simple fall from a standing height or a higher energy injury may be involved (e.g sporting injury, car accident, fall from a height).

Common Procedures for hand Surgery:

  • Trigger Finger Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression
  • Dupytrens Contracture Injection
  • Dupytrens Contacture Excision
  • Trapeziectomy
  • Injection for de Querveins Tenosynovitis
  • Sports injury wrist pain
  • Arthritis

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