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Glenelg Orthopaedics

Providing Quality Orthopaedic Care

Hands & Wrists Surgery Adelaide

Filed under: Elbow, Wrist

 Photo showing DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis

Hands & Wrists Surgery

Most elbow conditions can be treated without surgery. However, in the case of tendon ruptures (distal bicep rupture), nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve entrapment), arthritis and fractures (broken bones) and epicondylitis (tennis elbow), surgery may be warranted. In the clear majority of these procedures mobilisation is encouraged as soon as possible and no sling is required.

Hand Surgery – methods and recovery periods

Hand surgery is a common part of Dr Nimon’s practice, with the most common procedure being Carpal Tunnel release. Whilst there are various methods of undertaking such a procedure, Our preferred approach is usually undertaken under local anaesthetic alone, thus being safer in avoiding anaesthetic.

Large numbers of these procedures are performed each year by Dr Nimon and in 98% of cases (2014 audit) the results are dramatic, including a quick recovery and once again encouraging full use of the hand almost immediately.

In those patients who are concerned about having it done under local anaesthetic, a sedative procedure can be performed such that the patient goes off to sleep. Almost all patients who have the procedure done under a local anaesthetic would have it done again the same way.

Other hand surgical procedures include:

Trigger finger releases

Release of other tendons such as in DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (a painful condition involving the region at the base of the thumb)

  • More extensive procedures involving the release of contractures of the fingers such as in Dupuytren’s contracture (a congenital condition involving the palmar fascia, often seen in people of British origin)
  • Fractures of the wrist and scaphoid requiring surgical repair or splinting
  • Treatment of arthritis

Thumb Surgery

One of the more common regions affected by arthritis is at the base of the thumb (carpometacarpal arthritis (cmc), and treatment of this has excellent results from surgical procedures with a 95% success rate in improving or significantly abolishing pain.

For those patients requiring splinting we have the option of Exos reusable splints, which are moulded in the rooms to the patient’s anatomy.

At Glenelg Orthopaedics we can treat all aspects of shoulder and elbow conditions and we take pride in providing a Quality Orthopaedic Service, taking time to get to know our patients, explaining the condition in detail and treating patients as we believe we would treat our own family.

Glenelg Orthopaedics, providing quality orthopaedic care. For more information phone 8376 9988