What is Hand Surgery?

Hand surgery is a specialized surgery that treats diseases and conditions that impair the strength, function, and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Hand surgery can also correct abnormalities caused by trauma or deformities that were present at birth.

Common conditions treated by a hand surgeon include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, tendonitis, hand fractures and  dupuytren’s contracture.

A ganglion cyst is a tumor or swelling on top of the covering of a tendon or joint in the hand or wrist. The tendon is the tissue that connects your muscle with your bone. The cyst looks like a sac filled with a sticky, clear, colorless material. The size can vary, and larger cysts can feel firm or spongy.

These cysts may change in size or disappear spontaneously overtime. They may or may not also be painful. If they are painful, there are medications and surgical options that Dr. Lin and Dr. Cohen-Kashi can discuss with you.

Although the cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, it’s believed they form in the presence of joint irritation. They can form in patients of all ages. However, they are found more commonly in women and 70% occur in people between the ages of 20 – 40. In very rare cases, it has been seen in children under age 10.

Tendonitis is a condition caused by irritation or inflammation of the tendons in the wrist or at the base of the thumb. When irritation occurs, the tendon begins to enlarge and swell, which can cause pain in the thumb and/or wrist during movement.

The pain associated with tendonitis is not constant. It may appear suddenly or gradually. It’s common to feel pain when making movements with the wrist or hand such as gripping/holding objects or making a fist.

Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatment for tendonitis includes oral anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, or wearing a splint. Dr. Lin and Cohen-Kashi can review your options during your consultation at their Long Island, NY office.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that creates pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It can be caused by repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, or an injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel. Symptoms can include numbness of the fingers, weakness, aching, or a tingling sensation.

Dupuytren’s Contracture is a disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.

A trigger finger is a condition involving inflammation of the tendon sheath incorporating the flexor tendon (tendon that allows the finger to bend), causing the finger to feel “stuck” in a bent or trigger position at times.

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