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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
What are the common types of wrist surgery?
The two types of wrist surgery are wrist fusion and wrist joint replacement. Read more
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.
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.
What are the possible complications?
Complications of hand and wrist surgery can include infections, swelling and stiffness, and wound haematoma (bleeding). Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more