Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery
At the Yorkshire Clinic we specialise in orthopaedics, ranging from knee surgery to hip and shoulder surgery. As well as this, we are experts in both surgical and non-surgical solutions for the hand, wrist and elbow.
The human hand is particularly intricate and is formed from 27 bones, making it highly susceptible to injury and arthritis.
Wrist is made up of 8 bones with a singular major joint known as the radiocarpal joint. The radiocarpal joint is a type of synovial hinge joint like the elbow. These joints are particularly vulnerable to wear and tear as well as disease and depending on the severity of the damage, it may require surgery.
We offer a range of non-surgical solutions which involve a course of painkillers and a plan made by a physiotherapist. However, they are not always effective and you may still experience great discomfort, in which case surgery may be considered.
Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgeries Available
Technically known as stenosing tenosynovitis trigger finger is caused by an inflamed tendon unable to slide through the tendon sheath. Symptoms include pain and stiffness of the affected finger or thumb and in some cases you may experience “clicking”.
There are a range of treatment options for trigger finger, some of which are non-surgical. The non-surgical treatment options include using a splint on the affected finger, the use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections.
If you decide to have an operation for trigger finger the surgeon will release the affected tendon sheath so that the tendon may glide through it with ease. It is a relatively short operation and can take up to a little of 15 minutes.
Arthritis of the Thumb
There are many types of arthritis but the most common type which affects the joint at the base of the thumb is osteoarthritis. This disease occurs when the cartilage between bones wear away – causing them to rub against each other, wearing the joint down. This can be particularly painful and you may experience problems with gripping objects.
The surgical solution to this problem depends on the severity of the arthritis. Parts of the joint may be reconstructed with a graft or the bones within the joint may be fused together.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects the hands and fingers; often symptoms include a numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the affected area.
To treat this condition surgically you should expect the procedure to last for fifteen minutes. This disorder is caused by compacted nerves passing above the carpal bone in a tight tunnel. Surgeons will go about relieving the trapped nerve.
Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis otherwise known as tennis elbow, affects the outer elbow. You may experience discomfort in the affected area and it is usually caused by overuse of the muscles near the elbow joint.
If you have suffered with tennis elbow for over six months it may be advised that you seek a surgical alternative to painkillers and physiotherapy. The tendons and tissues that are affected may be removed or repositioned during the surgery.
Similar to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow affects the inner elbow instead of the outer elbow.
Dupuytren’s Fasciectomy commonly referred to as Dupuytren’s contracture occurs when the connective tissue in the hand becomes thick – forming a lump beneath the skin. These nodules can form lengths of tissue that shorten and if located along a finger can cause it to contract towards the palm.
The procedure is normally reliant on the severity of the disease. There are many non-surgical treatments available which include medication and a needle fasciotomy.
If you decide to opt for a fasciectomy you would expect the operation to be performed under general anaesthesia and for the surgeon to remove the affected tissue.
At the Yorkshire Clinic no problem is too big or too small; we are happy to help ease your pain and discomfort, working out the right treatment plan for you. We offer a range of non-surgical alternatives if surgery is not suited to your needs. A specialist consultant will be assigned to your case helping you to diagnose and treat your health problem.
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