We use our hands and wrists for a plethora of movements and activities on a daily basis. When our hands suffer an injury or develop a condition, it can be difficult to maintain an active lifestyle and take part in activities that we love.
There are a variety of hand conditions that can be treated using nonsurgical treatments. However, in cases where nonsurgical treatments fail to alleviate symptoms, surgical intervention becomes necessary.
You can trust an experienced and skilled hand surgeon to make the right recommendation for when surgery becomes necessary for your specific hand or wrist issue.
Among the many different conditions and injuries that hand surgery can correct are the following:
- Arthritis – Arthritis in the hand and wrist can be a major source of pain. This condition causes cartilage in joints to deteriorate, which causes friction as bones rub against each other. As a result, patients can develop permanent damage in affected joints, which can require surgical correction in many cases.
- Dupuytren’s Disease – This hand condition causes a layer of tissue under the skin in your hand to thicken and tighten, resulting in one or more fingers to stay bent toward the palm. Surgery can correct this issue by removing some of the tissue causing the contracture.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This consider refers to when the median nerve, responsible for sensation and motor function of the thumb and some fingers, becomes compressed in the carpal tunnel located in the wrist. When conservative treatments fail to bring relief, surgery can correct the issue by widening the carpal tunnel to give the median nerve ample room.
- Ganglion Cysts – Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled sacs that commonly form at the wrist or on fingers. While many ganglion cysts are asymptomatic, surgery can remove them if they become more than a cosmetic issue and cause discomfort.
- Fractures – One of the most common injuries in the hand and wrist is a fracture. Bones in the hand and wrist can break when undue pressure or force is put on them. Depending on the type and severity of the fracture you incur, nonsurgical treatments can be effective in correcting the issue. However, surgery may be necessary to install pins, rods, screws, or plates to hold shattered or misaligned bones in place while they heal.
- Trigger Finger – This condition refers to the thumb or fingers clicking and becoming locked in a bent position. The fingers and thumb bend effectively due to a pulley system using the flexor tendons on the hand. When the tendons become inflamed or damaged (due to congenital reasons, a health condition, or an injury), surgery can be used to correct the damage.
Hand Surgeon in the Chicago North-West Suburbs
If you are in need of an experienced hand surgeon for a hand or wrist-related issue, visit Michele Y. Yoon, MD today. Dr. Yoon is a board-certified hand and upper extremity surgeon with a wealth of experience treating a variety of issues through nonsurgical and surgical treatment methods.
To schedule an appointment, please call (847) 957-4183. You can also request an appointment online.