De Quervains Release Surgery
Outpatient surgery to treat De Quervains Syndrome is largely successful at resolving the condition. Patients who don’t respond to conservative treatments may elect to have surgery.
The objective of this minimally-invasive surgical procedure is to reduce pressure on the extensor tendons by releasing the tendon sheath wrapped around the base of your thumb.
During surgery, a hand surgeon will make an incision one the side of the wrist near the thumb. The tendon sheath is opened to relieve pressure on the tendon and compressed nerves. The tendon will be able to move without pain. This surgical procedure usually takes less than an hour.
The affected area will be swollen and sore after surgery. A patient will need to wear a splint for several weeks following the procedure and should avoid repetitive motions for a period of time, allowing the hand to heal properly. Keeping the hand elevated after surgery can help to reduce swelling. Post-operative treatment will include hand therapy. A patients can expect it to take six to twelve weeks for the hand to full heal.
Is It Time To See A Hand Specialist?
If you are suffering from pain, swelling or numbness in your hand or wrist, it’s probably beneficial to get a diagnosis and evaluation to find the causes of your discomfort. Early treatment of a disorder may help resolve a condition before surgery is needed. At The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorders, our hand and wrist specialist have extensive experience identifying and treating De Quervains Syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders.