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Hand Surgery

After a hand, wrist or elbow injury, seek help from Mount Auburn Hospital’s board-certified hand surgeons. We’ll schedule an appointment with you as soon as possible to discuss all your treatment options, including nonsurgical and surgical measures. Count on us to help your hand function more fully and feel better.

Hand, Wrist & Elbow Conditions We Treat

Your hand surgeon can diagnose and treat conditions such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Fractures
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow 
  • Trigger finger

Conservative Treatments

Whenever possible, we’ll begin your treatment with conservative, nonsurgical measures, such as:

  • A splint that immobilizes and protects your joint 
  • Hand therapy, which uses gentle exercises and other techniques to help you move easier and more comfortably 
  • Anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections that ease pain

Surgical Procedures

If surgery is your best treatment option, your doctor may recommend one of these procedures:

  • Carpal tunnel release – Eases uncomfortable pressure on the median nerve in your wrist
  • Finger or wrist fusion – Stops a painful joint from moving 
  • Knuckle, wrist or elbow replacement (arthroplasty) – Replaces a worn-out, arthritic joint with a prosthesis 
  • Removal of cysts or bone spurs 
  • Repair of torn ligaments and tendons

Minimally Invasive Approach

Depending on your procedure, your surgeon may reduce pain, scarring and recovery time by using a minimally invasive technique, such as arthroscopy. In arthroscopy, a surgeon makes a small incision in your skin and slips a tiny video camera into the surgical area to see inside. He or she makes a few other small incisions to insert tiny surgical tools and perform your procedure.

Interdisciplinary Team

You benefit from the combined expertise of Mount Auburn Hospital’s multidisciplinary team of professionals, including hand therapists, radiologists, neurologists and rheumatologists. We take time to listen to all your concerns and treat not just your symptoms, but you as a person.

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