Quite a few painful conditions and injuries of the wrist can be treated surgically. Wrist surgery is done by a hand specialist to relieve pain, mend fractures, or to remove damaged tissue from injury or arthritis. Patients often do not realize that they do not have to live with the level of disability that comes with favoring a hand due to pain. Surgical options absolutely exist to help pain and injury sufferers regain a better quality of life. Here are three common conditions or injuries that warrant contacting a hand surgeon for an evaluation:
Wrist Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There is a space in the wrist where 9 tendons and a nerve – called the median nerve – pass through. This is called the carpal tunnel. When this space becomes inflamed, usually due to a repetitive motion injury, pressure is placed on the median nerve. When that nerve is pinched, it can cause pain, tingling, numbness, loss of grip, and other distressing symptoms. The tingling often happens in the thumb, index, and middle finger and is common at night, sometimes even waking sufferers and robbing them of a good night’s sleep. If left untreated, the loss of grip and numbness can become permanent.
While splinting the wrist or changing the way the hand is used may provide some relief, sometimes surgery is necessary in order to relieve symptoms and – if caught early enough – help prevent permanent damage. Incisions are made in the wrist or hand to cut some of the ligament tissue to give the nerve more room.
Scaphoid Fracture Wrist Surgery
The scaphoid is one of the small bones in the wrist, and a very common place for a fracture to occur. When a person falls by accident or during sports and puts out an outstretched hand to brace the fall, a fractured scaphoid can be the result of the impact. When the fracture is just a crack or simple break, it is called a non-displaced fracture. Sometimes, this kind of break can heal on its own with a cast. However, when the fracture is more severe and the bone has moved from place or is no longer lined up with the other part of the bone, it is called a displaced fracture and may require surgery by a hand doctor for it to heal properly.
Arthritis and Wrist Arthroscopy
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) reports that arthroscopy of the wrist has become a common hand surgery, and is now the third most common joint to receive arthroscopic surgery. The smaller cuts used in arthroscopy allow a hand specialist to do minimally invasive surgery when repairing tissues due to injury or arthritis. If a patient has arthritis with pain and swelling, arthroscopy can allow the doctor to get a look at the problem and correct issues, such as remove damaged cartridge or repair ligaments.
So, there is no reason to continue suffering with a painful condition that can be treated surgically. Contact our offices to consult a hand doctor today.