Men and women who suffer from diseases or syndromes that may cause hand discomfort often turn to physical therapy or over-the-counter medications to cope with their pain. However, surgery may be a more effective method of treatment for many hand conditions. Hand surgery can offer a long-lasting solution to a problem rather than the temporary relief provided by painkillers, and can restore function to hands that may otherwise be limited by discomfort. Here are a few examples of surgical treatments for some of the most common hand conditions.
Arthritis in the hands can cause joint movement to become uncomfortable and joints to inflame. Because the hands consist of 29 major joints, arthritis can be quite limiting to men and women on a day-to-day basis. Surgical arthritis treatment can be customized for each patient’s needs, either by fusing the bones between joints to prevent further degeneration, or replacing the affected joint entirely.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by compressed nerves in the wrist and hand, can induce numbness, tingling and pain. Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome relieves nerve pressure by widening the nerve pathway through traditional open surgery, or using an endoscopic approach for faster healing.
Dupuytren’s disease causes knots to form in the hand tissue, which the pull the fingers into curled positions that are unable to be straightened. Surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s disease releases the tissue from the restricting knots by either puncturing the cord with a needle or removing the portions of the tissue altogether.