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OrthoKnox is proud to offer specialized hand and wrist care in Knoxville, Tennessee. Problems with your hands or wrists can affect what you do every day. Injuries and conditions in this area can be particularly bothersome because of the intricate network of nerves, blood vessels, tendons, and ligaments, as well as bones and muscles.

Our team of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists< have specialized training and experience with hand and wrist injuries and conditions, so we know exactly how to handle these delicate situations.

Hand and wrist surgery at OrthoKnox includes:

Hand & Wrist

Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery

Arthroscopic wrist surgery is a minimally invasive approach preformed through small incisions (3-4 mm) located about the wrist. The ligaments and cartilage of the wrist can be evaluated and many conditions such as ganglion cysts, triangular fibro-cartilage complex tears, and inter-carpal ligament tears can be treated with arthroscopic techniques.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome will present with numbness and tingling of the hand due to changes in or compression of the median nerve as it crosses the wrist. The symptoms often start at night but can be present during daytime activities such as driving, writing, and typing.

If non-operative treatments fail, carpal tunnel release surgery can be done successfully with a variety of methods. Utilizing a minimally invasive technique can speed the process of recovery and minimize scaring.

Cubital Tunnel Surgery

Have you ever hit your “funny bone?” That tingling sensation that extends into the small finger is similar to what patients suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome experience. Symptoms can be present both day and night and are usually caused by irritation of the ulnar nerve as it crosses the elbow.

If non-operative measures fail, a variety of surgeries can be offered to alleviate this condition. Often, minimally invasive cubital tunnel decompression can be performed resulting in a smaller scar and quicker recovery.

Trigger Finger Release

Locking of the fingers or thumb during flexion can be caused by swelling or enlargement of the tendon as it passes through the structures that keep the tendon following its proper course. This condition, known as trigger finger, can often be treated through a small incision within the palm to prevent the tendon from locking.

Dupuytren's Contracture Release

Dupuytren’s disease is a genetic condition in which fibrous tissue within the palm can cause contractures of the fingers and thumb. Traditional treatment involves removal of the diseased tissue through a long or series of long incisions in order to restore range of motion.

Minimally invasive techniques utilize smaller incisions and remove only the portions of the diseased tissue causing the contraction. Xiaflex® injection treatment is a new option that utilizes special enzymes to break up the areas of tissue causing the contraction.

Basilar Thumb Arthritis

Arthritis at the base of the thumb can be a painful and debilitating condition that affects a person’s ability to grasp objects between their thumb and fingers. When non-operative measures no longer provide relief, surgery through one or two small incisions can be performed to stabilize the worn ligaments and remove the diseased arthritic bone.

Hand and Wrist Fracture Surgery

Fractures of the hand and wrist can be especially problematic. Many fractures can be treated with small incisions and percutaneous techniques in order to facilitate rapid recovery with fewer side effects.

Trust OrthoKnox for expert orthopedic care, including hand and wrist procedures. Call our office at Turkey Creek Medical Center in Knoxville, TN at (865) 251-3030, or request an appointment online today. To learn more about your hand or wrist condition, visit our patient education library.

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