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Hand and wrist surgery

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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. Read more >

Do I need hand and wrist surgery?

The decision whether you need surgery will depend on:

  • how bad your symptoms are (pain or loss of hand function)
  • your needs
  • your response to other treatments, including drugs, splinting and exercise.
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What are the common types of hand surgery?

Common types of hand surgery include:
  • carpal tunnel release
  • Dupuytren’s contracture fasciectomy
  • trigger finger release
  • tendon repair
  • ganglion removal
  • knuckle (MCP joint) replacement
  • thumb joint surgery.
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What are the common types of wrist surgery?

The two types of wrist surgery are:
  • wrist fusion
  • wrist joint replacement.
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What are the possible advantages of hand and wrist surgery?

Advantages can include:
  • a reduction in pain
  • improved hand function and appearance.
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What are the disadvantages of hand and wrist surgery?

Disadvantages can include:
  • restricted joint movement
  • the lifespan of replacement joints
  • complications of surgery.
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What are the possible complications?

If you’re generally healthy the risk of a serious complication from an operation is very small. Complications can include

  • infections
  • swelling and stiffness
  • wound haematoma (bleeding).
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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. You should talk about any possible changes to your medication and ask any other questions you may have. You'll also need to sign a consent form. Read more >

What will my recovery from hand and wrist surgery involve?

Different surgeons have different ideas about the treatment required after an operation, so you'll need to discuss with your surgeon exactly what to expect after the operation. Read more >
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