What is De Quervain's Tendonitis?
When the tendons in your hand travel through your hand and into your fingers, they're guided through small tunnels that keep them organized. Because there is only so much space in these small tubes, you may experience pain when you have tissue inflammation. This is known as De Quervain's tendonitis. This can make it particularly painful when you move your hand or grasp something. This condition is often caused by repetitive motions of the hand or changes in your hormones. At Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler has experience in effectively treating De Quervain tendonitis. At first, we typically try to treat your condition with a splint or steroid injections. But in some cases, surgery may be necessary. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact our Ridgeland, MS office today.
What Can I Expect from De Quervain's Tendonitis Release?
De Quervain's tendonitis release is an outpatient surgery that takes about 30 minutes. To begin your surgery, Dr. Steckler will create an incision on your wrist, close to your thumb. He'll find the tendon that is inflamed and will make a small slit in the tendon sheath to let it open up and relieve pressure. He'll close your incision and bandage your hand as necessary. You'll be sent to continue with your daily activities, and you should be able to start moving the tip of your thumb later in the same day. Your wrist and thumb may hurt or be swollen for a few days, but this will subside on its own. We will give you at-home care instructions, as well as some exercise routines to help you heal properly. It can take between 6 – 12 weeks for your hand to completely heal; Dr. Steckler will help you decide the appropriate time to go back to work.
Relief from De Quervain's Tendonitis
If you've noticed a struggle when moving your hands and thumbs or pain when grasping items, it may be a sign of De Quervain's tendonitis. This condition can be frustrating but is thankfully relatively easy to alleviate. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler offers De Quervain's tendonitis release surgery at Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery so you can find the relief you need and help your hand function properly. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Ridgeland, MS office today.