Having an injury or impairment of the hands is a major inconvenience. In many cases, surgery is required to address these issues and restore the function of the hands. Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A in Fort Myers, Florida, treat patients with a number of different hand-related conditions. Led by Edward R. Dupay, Jr., DO, the team specializes in the most advanced treatment methods. To find out if hand surgery is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Hand surgery is used to repair and restore proper function to the hands. Hand surgery is used to treat a number of conditions like:
Hand surgery is appropriate for a long list of injuries and conditions affecting the hands. At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, the team specializes in minimally invasive treatment of common concerns like carpal tunnel, trigger finger, and Dupuytren's contracture.
Carpal tunnel causes tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand and arm. Carpal tunnel is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve runs from your forearm through a passageway (the carpal tunnel) to your wrist.
Any pressure on the median nerve can result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Improper posture, overuse, and obesity can all contribute to pressure on the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel can be treated through minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. This method uses a tiny lens that’s inserted through a small incision in the wrist or palm.
Your doctor then uses specialized instruments to cut the transverse carpal ligament and relieve the pressure on the median nerve. Endoscopic surgery allows your doctor to access the treatment area without large incisions or excessive cutting.
Trigger finger is a condition that causes your fingers to get stuck in a bent position. Trigger finger causes stiffness and a popping sensation when the fingers are straightened. Tendons help control the movement of the fingers.
Your tendons pass through a passageway called the flexor tendon sheath. When this passageway becomes irritated and inflamed, it limits movement of the tendons, resulting in trigger finger.
Trigger finger can also be treated with minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. Your doctor uses the tiny camera to move through your wrist and make cuts to the constricted tendon sheath.
Trigger finger can also be treated with percutaneous release, which uses a needle to break up constricted parts of the tendon sheath, improving movement in the fingers.
Dupuytren’s contracture is caused by knots of tissue that gradually form under the skin. As this tissue thickens, it pulls one or more fingers into a bent position. Dupuytren’s contracture causes stiffness and prevents you from being able to straighten your fingers.
Advanced cases of Dupuytren’s contracture can drastically limit your mobility, making it difficult to do simple activities like tying your shoes or shaking hands.
Although Dupuytren’s contracture can be treated through surgery, Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida provide nonsurgical treatment with Xiaflex®, an injection that breaks up the knots of tissue formed in the hand.
To speak with an orthopedic specialist about your options for hand surgery, book an appointment by phone or online today.