If you have problems and / or existing injuries with your hands or wrists, it is important to see a hand specialist right away. With proper diagnosis and effective treatment, you are more likely to regain rapid function. Many types of hand and wrist problems (i.e. trauma, occupational injuries, arthritis, neuropathies, tumors, congenital problems) often require orthopedic hand surgery.
Carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by hand surgeons. If you suffer from carpal tunnel, you may experience numbness and/or loss of finger coordination that interferes with normal daily activities. If your symptoms are very severe and painful, or if you have media nerve damage, you may need carpal tunnel surgery. In this procedure, the hand surgeon typically cuts the transverse carpal ligament to release pressure on the media nerve. This will likely relieve the carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Of course, every specific hand surgery depends on the symptoms of the individual patient.
If you are considering orthopedic hand surgery or wrist surgery, the first step is a consultation with a reputable provider. OA Centers for Orthopaedics, located in Portland, ME, is known for its hand specialists and comprehensive coverage for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all types of hand and wrist problems. With over 70000 visits a year, OA performs more orthopedic procedures than any other practice in Maine. These board-certified orthopedic hand surgeons (with additional hand fellowship training) have passed the rigorous Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. Additionally, OA physicians work closely with physical and occupational therapists to provide complete orthopedic care for hand and wrist injuries.
Persistent hand and wrist problems can be uncomfortable and prevent normal life function. Surgery may provide an effective solution to reclaim that control, and get back to the daily activities you enjoy. Discuss all of your options (non-surgical and surgical) with your hand specialist to determine the best course of action.