Hand surgery restores functional loss from a medical conditions such as: birth defects, fractures, nerve or tendon problems. A surgeon may perform hand surgery to correct certain medical conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture, DeQuervain’s tendonitis, trigger finger, Ganglion cysts, and basilar joint arthritis.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a pinched nerve at the wrist, while cubital tunnel syndrome causes pain and numbness as a result of a pinched nerve at the elbow. A hand doctor may perform endoscopic surgery to treat both of these conditions in an effort to create more room for the irritated nerves.
DeQuervain’s tendonitis occurs when tendons near the thumb become irritated. The goal of surgery for DeQuervain’s tendonitis is to create more room for the irritated tendons.
Trigger finger is a condition where a finger locks in a bent position before suddenly straightening with a snap. The finger can sometimes lock in position without releasing. Although surgery is not the first treatment for a trigger finger, surgical release of the locked fingers will restore function immediately when cortisone injections fail.
A hand surgeon may operate to remove Ganglion cysts, which are non-cancerous lumps on the hand and wrist. Patients with basilar joint arthritis may need thumb surgery to restore pain-free function.
Dupuytren’s contracture is an uncommon condition where the tissue beneath the palm thickens and tightens. Even though this condition is not painful, it can cause fingers to curl into the palm of the hand without snapping. Sometimes this condition interferes with a person’s ability to grasp objects, put gloves on, or put his hands in his pockets. To correct Dupuytren’s contracture, the Florida hand surgeon divides or removes the thickened bands of tissue to help restore finger motion.
Hand surgery helps restore function in the hands of people suffering from a wide variety of conditions. Consult with a hand specialist near you to find out if hand surgery is right for you.