Hand and wrist surgery
Human hands are unique. Although many animals are able to use their hands
(or front paws) to hold and manipulate things, none of them have the abilities
and flexibility of the human hand.
Hands are an important part of what it means to be a human!
Because they are so important to us – and because we use them so
much – hands (and wrists) are vulnerable to all kinds of injuries,
including trauma, burns/chemical exposure and repetitive use injuries.
Physicians who specialize in hand surgery may be orthopedic surgeons or
plastic/reconstructive surgeons. No matter their primary specialty, these
physicians undergo additional training in surgical treatment of hand conditions.
The primary types of hand surgery performed at King’s Daughters are:
Closed reduction and fixation: This is the type of surgery that is performed to treat fractures involving
the hand. The goal is to realign fractured bone and immobilize the affected
area during healing.
Nerve Decompression: Nerve decompression surgery of the hand/ulnar nerve is performed when symptoms
don’t disappear with conservative medical treatment and lifestyle
changes. The goal of the surgery is to release pressure and stress on
the ulnar nerve as it passes through the wrist into the hand.
Surgical drainage and/or debridement: This type of procedure may be required following injury or infection.
Conditions treated by King’s Daughters specialists include:
- Carpal tunnel release
- Cubital tunnel decompression
- Distal radius fractures
- Ganglion cysts
- General fractures
- Trigger finger
- Ulnar tunnel syndrome
- Wrist fracture
- Wrist sprain
- Wrist tendonitis