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Do I need hand and wrist surgery?

Most people with musculoskeletal and arthritis-related problems in their hands or wrists won't need surgery. The decision whether to operate 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.

Surgery is rarely carried out to improve the look of the hands, although an improvement in their appearance may be a welcome side-effect.

You may feel nervous, stressed or scared if you’ve been told you need surgery. Finding out as much as you can about the operation and understanding the process will help you feel calmer and more in control.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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