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If hand and wrist pain is causing significant discomfort and getting in the way of normal activities, it is time to see a specialist. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of discomfort, pain, and swelling in the joints, but other conditions and injuries, like repetitive motion injuries, sports injuries, accidents, tendinitis, and bone spurs can also cause these symptoms.

If you are looking for a hand and wrist doctor for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options, talk to the specialists at EmergeOrtho. The hand and wrist experts at our multiple North Carolina offices provide the most innovative surgical treatments with faster healing and shorter recovery times.

Why Choose the Hand and Wrist Specialists at EmergeOrtho?

EmergeOrtho puts patients first by offering top-notch specialists and innovative orthopedic care. This includes advanced surgical techniques that are minimally invasive whenever possible.

Among the many specialists at EmergeOrtho offices are several experts in hand and wrist surgery. They have trained in orthopedic surgery and specialize in procedures to repair the delicate structures within the wrist, hand, and fingers. They perform many different procedures to manage and treat several conditions, including:

EmergeOrtho Specialists Are Experts in Hand and Wrist Surgeries

Hand and wrist orthopedists treat many conditions. They use conservative treatments when possible, including splints, physical therapy, and medications. If these methods do not bring relief, they provide a comprehensive range of surgical procedures.

  • Distal Joint Fusion. Also known as arthrodesis, this is a procedure doctors use to treat arthritis in the fingers when nonsurgical treatments no longer provide adequate relief. They fuse the distal joint of the affected finger so that the two end bones of the finger become one. This relieves pain and adds stability but also restricts movement.
  • Joint Replacement. Another option for treating arthritis in the fingers, thumbs, or wrist is joint replacement. Surgeons can do this with a small incision. They replace the damaged joint tissue with artificial components, typically made from metal, plastic, or ceramic materials.
  • Bone Spur Release. A bone spur, or osteophyte, is a boney outgrowth in a joint. They can occur in any joint, including the fingers, and are more common with arthritis. There are many non-surgical approaches to managing the pain, swelling, and discomfort of bone spurs. Orthopedists can also remove them surgically if necessary.
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist, hand, and arm. It occurs when the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. Leaving this untreated for too long can cause serious nerve damage. Surgical treatment relieves the pressure and can be done with a minimally invasive approach.
  • Hand Reconstruction Surgery. Reconstruction surgeries in the hand can be complex procedures that require an experienced specialist. A surgeon may need to reconstruct the hand for several reasons, including physical trauma, a complex bone fracture, and congenital abnormalities.
  • Tendon Repair. Tendinitis is a common type of hand and wrist injury. Inflammation of the tendons results from overuse or acute injuries, often in sports or when landing on the hands in a fall. Tendinitis can often be managed non-surgically. If the tendon tears, a surgeon can repair it.
  • Removal of Ganglion Cysts. A ganglion cyst is a non-cancerous growth that occurs in the hands and wrist. They do not always cause symptoms, but if a cyst presses on a nerve or becomes very large, it can be surgically removed.
  • Fracture Fixes. Fractures in the hand and wrist result from accidents, falls, sports injuries, and other physical traumas. In some cases, a splint is adequate to promote healing. More complicated fractures require surgical realignment or readjustment of the bones. The surgeon may use pins, plates, or staples to keep the bones in place.

Orthopedic surgeons can perform many hand and wrist procedures on an outpatient basis. After the surgery, patients can typically go home right away but must go through a rehabilitation and recovery period. This involves rest and physical therapy.

How Much Does Hand Surgery Cost?

The cost of wrist or hand surgery varies significantly by the patient, procedure, and insurance. Talk to your insurance company before going through with a procedure to ensure they cover it and so that you know what to expect for out-of-pocket costs.

EmergeOrtho has multiple locations throughout North Carolina in the Coastal, Foothills, Triad, Triangle,and Blue Ridge regions. Contact us today to speak with a hand and wrist expert, or request an appointment online.

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