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Hand and wrist surgery focuses on the bones, joint and cartilage of the lower arm, from the elbow downwards.

We rely on our hands and wrists and when they are causing us problems it can be difficult to get on with everyday life and surgery may be the right solution. Conditions of the hand that may require surgical treatment are arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s contracture and trauma and injury.

The hand and wrist surgery team at Tyneside Surgical Services specialise in the following procedures:

  • Trigger Finger Release – Trigger finger is a condition where the tendons in the finger cannot easily move and remains in a curved position so it looks like it is pulling a trigger. Surgery to correct this condition involves cutting into the tendon sheath so that the tendon can move again
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression – A surgical procedure to minimise pain from carpal tunnel syndrome by making an incision on the roof of the carpal ligament
  • Palmar Fasciectomy – Surgery to treat Dupuytren’s contracture by removing thickened connective tissue through an incision

As with other orthopaedic procedures, our consultants are trained in and practice minimally invasive techniques where appropriate to improve surgery outcomes by minimising infection and reducing recovery time.

Hand surgery may be performed under general or local anaesthetic.