42016Apr

When to See a Hand Surgeon

A hand surgeon is a physician who specializes in the surgical treatment of various conditions that affect the hand. If you are experiencing certain symptoms in your hand and you think you may require professional treatment, it is time to make an appointment with a hand surgeon.

Hand Conditions Requiring Surgery

Hand surgery may be necessary for the following conditions:

  • Certain wrist injuries – Some wrist injuries, such as fractures and cartilage tears, may require surgical repair.
  • Lateral epicondylitis – Lateral epicondylitis most often occurs when a patient overuses his or her elbow, resulting in degeneration of the muscles and tendons. Surgery is an option in severe cases.
  • Small joint arthritis – This condition occurs when the cartilage of the finger joints becomes thinner. Surgery may be required if the condition progresses significantly.
  • Ganglion cysts. – These benign tumors that occur near joints or tendons can be removed with surgery.
  • Trigger finger – Trigger finger occurs when the tendon below a finger or thumb swells, causing pain and stiffness. This condition can be resolved with trigger finger release surgery.
  • Basilar joint arthritis – This painful condition affects the thumb and may necessitate joint replacement surgery.
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – When the ulnar nerve near the elbow becomes chronically compressed, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome results. Surgical treatments can relieve the symptoms of this condition.
  • DeQuervain’s Tendonititis – DeQuervain’s Tendonititis occurs when the tendons or tendon sheaths that pass from the wrist to the thumb become inflamed, causing pain. Surgery is recommended for this condition when conservative treatments fail.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This condition, which involves pressure on the nerves in the wrist, can be treated with surgery.
  • Dupuytren’s Disease – Dupuytren’s Disease causes a painless thickening of the skin in the palm. Eventually, you may be unable to straighten your palms completely. Surgery can relieve the symptoms of this disease.

Visiting a Hand Specialist

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the conditions above, you should not attempt to diagnose yourself. Instead, consider making an appointment with a qualified hand surgeon for evaluation.

At the Florida Hand Center, we treat all of these conditions. Our doctors don’t recommend surgery unless all other options have been exhausted, and we always perform the least invasive procedures possible. Call us today to schedule a free hand screening.