Our wrists have a major impact on our lives. If you are in pain and conservative treatment has not been able to relieve your pain, hand and wrist surgery may be the next step.If your pain persists despite a variety of non-surgical treatments, our hand and wrist specialists can help. We have offices conveniently located in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia. Schedule an appointment with us today to receive the high-quality relief you deserve!
Some common types of wrist surgery include the following:
Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel release surgery is used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel develops when your median nerve is compressed for an extended period. During this procedure, your transverse carpal ligament will be cut to decrease the pressure on your median nerve.
Thumb replacement can be used to treat arthritis of the thumb. Replacement may be recommended if the thumb joint deteriorates and cannot be resolved with splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, or cortisone injections. During thumb basilar joint arthroplasty, the joint is either reconstructed or replaced.
If you have broken the bones of your wrist, you may need surgery to realign and fix them in position. An incision is made in the wrist to gain access. The bones may then be fixed using plates or screws, allowing them to heal properly.
Dupuytren’s contracture is when the tissue of the hand thickens and contracts over time. The tissue may pull on the fingers, making it difficult to straighten them.
Two types of surgical procedures may be used to improve finger motion. Fasciotomy is when the cord of tissue is divided. Partial palmar fasciectomy is where the surgeon will remove as much of the cords and abnormal tissue as possible to allow your fingers to straighten.
This condition occurs when the tendons of the thumb become irritated and swell inside the sheath. Surgery can be used to release the tendon sheath, allowing more room for the irritated tendons to move.
Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous lumps that form in the hands. They can affect the range of motion of the wrist and you may experience pain. If the cysts return after draining, it may be recommended to have them removed.
Arthroscopy is a procedure used to treat and diagnose problems. The surgeon will insert a tiny camera and tools inside a small incision to gain access to the wrist. This surgery is ideal for treating ligament tears, synovitis, and fractures.
As is the case with all surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with having wrist surgery. These risks include:
Although not as common, there are some additional surgical procedures that can be performed on the wrist.
If you have a wrist injury or another health condition affecting your wrist, book an appointment with one of our hand and wrist specialists. Our orthopedic surgeons can guide you in the best course of treatment for your specific needs, including wrist surgery. Hand and wrist specialists are just a phone call away.
Schedule an appointment at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow in Marietta or Atlanta, GA today! Our expert doctors are ready to give you the quality care you deserve.
Medically reviewed by
Randall Alexander, MD