Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery
Here at Park Hill Hospital in Doncaster, South Yorkshire we perform a range of surgeries for the hand, wrist and elbow. There are numerous reasons why you may need surgery – from arthritis to injury. These parts of the upper body are crucial for everyday activities from lifting objects to gripping items.
The hand, wrist and elbow are made up of numerous ligaments, bones and muscles. In particular the elbow is formed of two major joints.
Non- surgical treatments are available for arthritis/injury and is normally the first call of treatment. These treatments normally involve the usage of painkillers and physiotherapy sessions. These are normally effective for relieving pain and discomfort but in severe cases surgery may be needed.
Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgeries Available
Dupuytren’s fasciectomy otherwise known as Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition which causes the fingers to curl towards the palm. This can prove to be exceptionally painful and is formed due to scar-like tissue developing beneath the skin of the fingers. This scar-like tissue causes the visible deformity.
A few treatments are available for Dupuytren’s fasciectomy depending on how severe your condition is. These treatments range from a small cut to the fibrous band in the palm of your hand to a larger operation involving a skin graft for the affected skin.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition presents as a tingling or weakness to your hand or forearm. This is caused by the compaction of the nerves passing over the carpal bone within a tight tunnel.
The surgical solution to this condition involves cutting a tight ligament which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel – releasing the trapped nerve. This operation is performed under local anaesthetic and takes around a quarter of an hour.
Osteoarthritis a common form of arthritis can present within the basal joint within the thumb. Arthritis is generally caused by ‘wear and tear’ in the hands and can prove discomforting and painful.
Non-surgical treatments of arthritis are normally used in the primary stages of the condition however in the more developed stages, surgery can provide relief for the pain.
One form of surgery involves the replacement of most of the basal joint with a graft from other tendons. Another surgery involves the surgeon repositioning the affected bones.
Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is caused by the overuse of certain muscles and tendons close to the elbow (usually through playing tennis). Your outer elbow may prove to be uncomfortable and painful.
Non-surgical solutions such as painkillers and physiotherapy may be used, however if symptoms persist for over six months surgery may be considered.
Golfer’s elbow is a condition which affects the inner elbow as opposed to the outer elbow.
The surgeon performing the operation for tennis and golfer’s elbow will cut, move or remove the affected tendons/tissues in the affected region.
This condition presents in the tendons of the hand. You may notice that when you bend a finger towards your palm, your finger clicks or even locks. This is caused by a nodule formed on the tendon in the affected finger getting stuck. Trigger finger is a type of tendonitis which is frequently caused by repetitive motions or overuse of the finger.
Non-surgical solutions are normally the first call of treatment and involves; rest and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), splinting or corticosteroid injections to decrease swelling of the affected area. However, if your symptoms persist and are causing you great discomfort minor surgery may be a good option.
The surgery involves the release of the affected tendon sheath – allowing the tendon to move with ease again. This operation normally lasts a quarter of an hour.
At Park Hill Hospital we take the upmost care in finding the right treatment for your condition. Our specialist surgeons are more than happy to answer your individual questions and concerns. The following consultants specialise in hand, wrist and elbow surgery.
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01302 553 355