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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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Wrist fractures 'can predict risk of further breakages in older women'

Postmenopausal women younger than 65 who experience a wrist fracture could be at increased risk for other serious bone fractures later in life, according to a study.

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Examination of the hand and wrist

A brief guide to examination of the hand and wrist joints

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Wrist scans

6 video clips demostrating ultrasound scans of the wrist joint

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Examination of the hand and wrist video

A short video demonstrating how to examine the joints of the hand and wrist

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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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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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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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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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The upper limb in primary care. Part 2: Wrist, hand

Issue 2 (Hands On Series 7) Spring 2013

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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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Will spacers between the bones in my wrists limit my mobility?

Dr Philip Helliwell answers your questions about arthritis.

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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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