Common Hand Surgery Procedures Our Team Performs All Surgeries of the Hands and Wrists
When a hand fracture occurs, our surgeons may use closed reduction (non-surgical setting of a broken bone) or fixation surgery, employing headless compression screws, to realign a fractured bone. The site of the fracture may be immobilized during the healing phase using internal fixtures such as rods or wires.
Nerve damage in the hand or wrist can cause a significant loss of function and a loss of feeling. While some nerve injuries may heal on their own, more severe damage may require orthopedic hand surgery. Depending on your case, our surgeons can perform surgery at our comfortable, modern office, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes & Treatment
The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones in the wrist and the transverse carpal ligament that runs across the top (inside) of the wrist. The median nerve and tendons that allow your fingers to move pass through this narrow passageway at the wrist. Swelling of the tissues in and around the tunnel can press on the median nerve causing numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand. The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome vary from a congenital predisposition (running in the family) to a sprain or fracture. Carpal tunnel is often caused by activities like typing or the repetitive use of a vibrating tool. Anyone can develop the condition but it is more commonly diagnosed in women and older adults.
In its earliest stages, patients with the condition may find relief from rest, adopting new hand positions during work, bracing, or physical therapy. If nonsurgical methods of treatment have been unsuccessful, your physician may recommend seeking the help of a surgeon. Our surgeons specialize in all types of hand surgery, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, at our Fort Worth, TX, office. They can treat a number of orthopedic conditions, from the shoulder to your fingertips, and may be able to provide you much-needed relief from your symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Rare or Common Orthopedic Condition?
Trigger Finger (Stenosing Tenosynovitis)
Most often affecting the ring finger and thumb, trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and a locking, catching, or popping sensation when you bend and straighten your finger. This is oftentimes painful, and as the condition progresses and becomes more severe, the finger may become locked in a bent position. In these cases, you might even have to use your other hand to straighten the finger. Another symptom includes a tender lump at the base of the finger on the palm side of the hand.
The causes of trigger finger are not well known, but several factors increase the risk of developing the issue, including a medical condition such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Activities that cause a substantial amount of force to pass through the fingers and thumb may also be a contributing factor for trigger finger.
Our Fort Worth, TX, hand surgeons can provide a solution when nonsurgical treatment options have failed. Surgery for trigger finger is performed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to drive to and from the appointment. While there may be some soreness following surgery, patients are encouraged to move their fingers immediately following the appointment.