Local Carpal Tunnel Treatment & Hand Surgery in Kansas City
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects countless Americans every year and results from pressure placed on the median nerve in your wrist. This can be the result of exposure to repetitive motions or vibrations. Carpal tunnel syndrome can result in chronic pain, numbness, and/or tingling, and can be addressed by a procedure called carpal tunnel release.
Carpal tunnel release solves carpal tunnel syndrome by giving the median nerve more room and is performed by cutting through a ligament at the top of the carpal tunnel, called the carpal ligament.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and nonsurgical treatment hasn’t helped, a carpal tunnel release procedure may need to be scheduled. Ask a local Kansas City hand & wrist doctor at OSI if this may be the best option for you.
Trigger Finger Release
Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger is a condition in which there is a locking and painful sensation in your fingers and/or thumb. This is often developed through a repetitive gripping motion such as that used to hold a steering wheel, cell phone, tennis racket, or some other object. This can, over time, cause swelling at the base of your finger that can result in a painful, catching sensation when you try to straighten your finger.
There are nonsurgical ways to treat trigger finger, such as bracing or steroid injections but when these don’t work or if the condition is severe, surgery may be necessary. Trigger finger release is a procedure in which the surgeon cuts a ligament called the A1 pulley, allowing the tendon in your finger to pass through without being caught.
Consult with an orthopedic surgeon at OSI (Orthopedic Surgeons Inc.) to learn more about what trigger finger release entails and what it can do for your condition.
Basilar Thumb Joint Replacement
The hands and wrists are intricate and complex parts of your body made of several small joints that enable you to flex and move your hands and fingers. When these joints become damaged, either through degenerative diseases such as arthritis or through injury, they may need to be replaced. One of the main joints that we replace is the joint at the base of your thumb.
There are various techniques utilized to replace the basilar thumb joint. These include options such as using other tendons, a ceramic ball, or a suspensory device to reconstruct the joint. This can restore function and gives you full use of your hand and wrist while eliminating a source of chronic pain and inflammation.
If you’ve experienced ongoing pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints of your hand, and nonsurgical intervention doesn’t help, then surgery may be required. Consult with the team at OSI to learn more about how surgery can be a good option for you.
Arthroscopic Surgery in Kansas City
Arthroscopic surgery involves taking a tiny camera – an arthroscope – and inserting it into the wrist via a small incision so that the surgeon can see what’s going on inside the joint. Based on what they see, the hand surgeon can then make repairs to the damaged structures through other small incisions in the skin.
Arthroscopic surgery for your wrist is a minimally invasive form of surgery that is used for various problems but it may not be possible or recommended for your specific condition. A surgeon at OSI can help you make that decision.
Hand & Wrist Fracture Care in Kansas City
Fractures commonly occur in the hands and wrists. Sometimes, these fractures are stable or non-displaced and can heal on their own, with a care regimen in place. Others are more serious, and require surgery from an orthopedic hand specialist to fix the break and put the bone in a position where it can heal properly.
It takes careful skill and precision to carry out surgery in such a relatively small and compact part of the body. A Kansas city orthopedic hand surgeon with experience in hand and wrist surgery is recommended if you need to pursue surgical options for treatment.