different types of hand surgery

Did You Know There Are Many Different Types Of Hand Surgery

Hand surgery is about changing the appearance but it can be for medical reasons too

If someone spoke to you about having surgery on your hands what would you think? That it’s not really common, maybe for when you have broke a bone or had an injury?

Well what would you say if I told you there are many different types of hand surgery carried out for many different reasons.


7 Different Types Of Hand Surgery

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture Fasciectomy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Tendon Repair
  • Ganglion Removal
  • Knuckle Replacement
  • Removal of the Trapezium

Let me explain..

Carpal Tunnel Release is a procedure to take pressure off the nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  occurs when pressure is put on the median nerve as it passes through your wrist under the carpal tunnel ligament. This results in pins and needles and numbness in your fingers.

Dupuytren’s Contracture Fasciectomy is a surgery which is performed in a day and is carried out to remove tissue and release the fingers as the condition is caused by tissue forming in the palm of your hand and your fingers.

Trigger Finger Release got it’s name because of what actually happens when having this condition. If you have trigger finger, the affected finger can often bend normally but becomes stuck in a curled position. This is caused by the tendon which allows your finger to bend becoming thickened, so it becomes stuck in the tunnel where the tendon enters your finger. You may need to use your other hand to help ‘trigger’ your finger straight – which is where the condition gets its name from.

Tendon Repair isn’t that common in your hand or wrist but if it does occurs it’s usually as a result of rheumatoid arthritis or other types of inflammatory arthritis. In your hand and wrist there are two main groups of tendons which are in control.

  • flexor tendons, which enable you to grip and to curl your fingers into a fist
  • extensor tendons, which open your fingers up.

Ganglion Removal is the removal of ganglions. A ganglion is a thick fluid called synovial fluid which helps joints and tendons move slowly. Sometimes this fluid leaks out of the joint or tendon sheath. The fluid then becomes very thick and sticky and forms the lump to which is visible on the hand. If the ganglion does become painful or reduce movement the fluid can simply be drained using a needle. In some minor cases you may need have a small surgical procedure to remove them, however it’s likely that they’ll come back.

Knuckle Replacement is an operation that reduces pain, improves the positioning of your fingers and so improves hand function. Rheumatoid arthritis of the knuckles cause damage and deformity, with the result that your fingers ‘drift’ sideways away from your thumb. This is a condition that can be very painful and can greatly reduce functions of your hand.

Removal of the Trapezium is a procedure carried out to help those with arthritis in this specific joint. It can cause a lot of pain for people and make simple tasks very difficult. The point in the surgery is to stop the pain and to give the hand more help in functioning

So next time something about the hand’s is being discussed you are going to know so much more about how many different types of hand surgeries there actually are.

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Sohail Akhtar

Sohail Akhtar

Hi my name is Sohail Akhtar. I am a Plastic Surgeon of 15 years.