We use our hands from the moment we wake for brushing our teeth, making breakfast, and combing our hair, to the second we sleep, for turning out the lights, lowering ourselves into bed, and getting ourselves into a comfortable position.
When your hands hurt, it can make even the most straightforward task seem difficult. At Texas Orthopaedic Associates, our expert team of orthopedic surgeons diagnoses and treats all types of hand and wrist pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
Most hand issues, fortunately, are treated without surgery. Nonsurgical remedies include rest, ice, wearing a splint, injections, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. If nonsurgical treatments fail to reduce your hand pain and increase mobility, surgery may be an option.
Types of hand surgery
There are many different types of hand issues and conditions, as well as various types of surgeries to treat them. The course of treatment depends on the cause of your hand pain.
Some common hand issues include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Traumatic injuries
- Ganglion cysts
- Ligament injuries
- Trigger finger
Surgical treatment options include:
- Joint replacement
- Tendon repair
- Closed reduction and fixation
- Nerve repair
- Surgical drainage or debridement
What to expect after hand surgery
Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may need to wear a splint or brace for some time while your hand heals. In some cases, you may have to wear the splint for a couple of weeks, and in other circumstances, it could be a couple of months.
In many cases, you’ll have some pain after the procedure, which you can minimize through pain medication. It’s a good idea to arrange to have some help around the house or set up systems ahead of time, since it will be difficult to perform everyday tasks immediately following the surgery, and possibly for longer as your hand heals.
Rehabilitation after surgery is crucial. Rehabilitation steps may include physical therapy, heat therapy, massage therapy, nerve stimulation, and strength exercises. It’s essential to follow the directions of your doctor to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.
As with any surgery, there are risks. Risks include infection, blood clots, and loss of feeling or movement in your hands and fingers. However, with a qualified and experienced orthopaedic surgeon such as the experts at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, your risks are minimal.
If you’re considering hand surgery, schedule a consultation at Texas Orthopaedic Associates at one of our offices in Plano, Fort Worth, or Dallas, Texas. You can also request an appointment online through this website.