162016Sep

3 Common Types of Wrist Surgery

Your wrist is made up of many bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments that work in tandem to provide you with your wrist function. If any one of these components is injured, is involved in trauma, or has an abnormal anatomy, it can cause you to experience pain and restricted functioning. Fortunately, there are many treatment options, including minimally invasive surgeries.

There are different types of wrist surgery that a hand specialist in Port Charlotte can perform. The hand doctor performs this type of surgery to help you restore finger, hand, and wrist function, but also tries to make your hand and wrist look as normal as possible too. Read on to learn about three common types of hand surgery performed by a hand surgeon.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

You get carpal tunnel syndrome when your median nerve gets too much pressure put on it as it passes under your carpal tunnel ligament, through your wrist. You will feel numbness and pins and needles in your fingers. To reduce the pressure that is placed on this nerve, you might need a hand doctor to perform wrist surgery. The hand surgeon gives you a local anesthetic and splits your carpal tunnel ligament.  Recovery time is usually less than a month.

Trigger Finger Surgery

With this condition, your affected finger, although may bend normally, gets stuck in a curled position. This is due to your tendon becoming thickened. Your tendon is what enables you to bend your finger, so when it gets thick, it gets stuck in the tunnel where it enters your finger. You might have to ‘trigger’ your finger straight with your other hand, which is how this condition got its name. A hand doctor can give you a splint that you can wear during the times you need to use your finger to keep it from triggering. In many cases, a local injection helps or you might require a minor surgery by a hand surgeon to open up your tunnel and free your tendon. Recovery for this generally takes a couple weeks.

Dupuytren’s Contracture Fasciectomy

This condition is the result of tissue forming on your fingers and in the palm of your hand. There usually isn’t any pain with it and it usually only causes skin nodules; however, it sometimes forms bands which cause your fingers to curl into your palm. Surgery might be required to eliminate this tissue and release your fingers, however, in some cases; a complete recovery is not possible.

If you are suffering with restricted movement in your wrist or hand, numbness or pain, you should contact the Florida Hand Center see if you require, or could benefit from, any of these or other types of hand and wrist surgery.  We are accepting new patients in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, so please call us at (877) 892-4263