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Hand and wrist surgery

Surgery isn't usually necessary for people with arthritis-related conditions in their hands and wrists, but it can sometimes be helpful.

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How do the hands and wrists work?

Your hand movements are controlled by muscles and tendons, and your sense of touch is supplied by two main nerves. Two arteries supply blood to your hand.

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What are the common types of wrist surgery?

The two types of wrist surgery are wrist fusion and wrist joint replacement.

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What are the disadvantages of hand and wrist surgery?

Depending on the type of surgery, the possible disadvantages of surgery include restricted joint movement, the lifespan of replacement joints and occasional complications of surgery.

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What will my recovery from hand and wrist surgery involve?

This will depend on the type of operation and your general health. Ask your surgeon what you should expect after the operation. Planning ahead can make it easier to manage when you return home.

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What are the possible advantages of hand and wrist surgery?

Advantages of hand and wirst surgery can include a reduction in pain and improved hand function and appearance.

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Do I need hand and wrist surgery?

The decision on whether you need surgery will depend on how bad your symptoms are, how they affect your daily life and your response to other treatments.

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How should I prepare for hand and wrist surgery?

Before your surgery, your doctor or nurse will check your general health and give you information about preparing for surgery. Ask about any possible changes to your medication and any other questions you may have.

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What are wrist and hand splints?

Wrist and hand splints are designed to protect and support painful joints and to make sure your wrist and hand are positioned correctly. There are two main types: working and resting splints.

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What are the common types of hand surgery?

Conditions which may be helped by surgery include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s contracture and arthritis of the base of the thumb.

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What are the possible complications?

Complications of hand and wrist surgery can include infections, swelling and stiffness, and wound haematoma (bleeding).

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Splints for arthritis of the wrist and hand

Wrist and hand splints give protection and support for painful, swollen or weak joints and their surrounding structures.

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Resting splints

Resting splints support your joints and can help to ease pain and inflammation during a painful flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis or a period of unusual discomfort.

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Looking after your child's physical health

Encourage your child to eat healthily and exercise, to help them manage their symptoms.

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What are the different types of JIA?

There are several different types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Oligoarthritis, the most common type, affects about two-thirds of young people with arthritis.

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Which parts of the body are often affected by work-related joint disorders?

Symptoms of work-related joint disorders usually affect the arms and shoulders, back, hips or knees.

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What causes work-related joint disorders?

Problems may arise from the nerves, the muscles or the sheaths that cover them, but may also be related to having more supple joints than usual.

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What are the different types of injury?

In general, injuries fall into two categories: overuse injuries which develop when tissues are overstressed with insufficient recovery time, and traumatic injuries such as fractures or sprains resulting from a specific incident.

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How should I care for my hand if I wear a splint?

It's generally best not to wear your splint all the time. When you take the splint off, do some gentle exercises. Check your skin regularly for any signs of redness or soreness.

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Working splints

Working splints support your wrist and hand joints while you’re using your hands. They can be worn when you carry out daily tasks and should make the job less painful.

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