Your hands and wrists are essential tools that allow you to work, play and perform everyday activities. How well the hand and wrist interact depends on the integrity and function of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and bones.
Problems in any of these can affect upper extremity function, causing disruptions at home and work and negatively impacting quality of life.
The human hand itself is very complex and delicate in structure. Hand surgery requires a completely different surgical approach from a qualified hand and wrist surgeon whether treating fractures, arthritis or deformities. Hand surgery traditionally includes treatment of the entire hand, wrist and forearm.
Again, this whole region works as a single unit, and the dysfunction of a single part needs consideration of the whole. An additional year of training is required for those orthopaedic surgeons seeking certification in hand and wrist surgery.
At some time in life, you may experience hand and wrist pain.
If the initial treatment options have failed to modify the symptoms, then surgery may be recommended.
In this procedure, the tight tendon sheath area that has been restricting the tendon movements can be released. In addition, any inflamed tissue in the area can also be removed at that time. This will create needed space thus allowing the tendon to move freely.
Surgery can be quite successful in improving the pain of tendonitis in patients in which the non-surgical approaches have failed.