Elbow, wrist, and hand surgeries refer to a group of orthopedic procedures for repairing the delicate structures in the arm or hand. For example, if you have a condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and wrist surgery can help ease chronic pain caused by nerve pressure. People with elbow, wrist, or hand problems may benefit from surgery if physical therapy, medications, or other treatments have not been successful.
If you are looking for a skilled hand surgeon, consider the expertise at Dignity Health. Using the latest surgical technology, our doctors perform minimally invasive elbow, wrist, and hand surgery in Arizona, for enhanced patient outcomes. For the orthopedic services you need, Find a Doctor at a Dignity Health location near you.
Reasons for Elbow, Wrist, & Hand Surgery
When noninvasive treatments are not useful in treating a problem in the elbow, wrist, or hand, doctors may turn to surgical methods to help repair the issue. Common reasons for surgery include repetitive motion injuries (s)uch as carpal tunnel syndrome, dislocations, and fractures.
Specifically, you might be a candidate for elbow, hand, and wrist surgery if you have a:
- Serious fracture
- Torn ligament
- Chronic condition, including osteoarthritis
- Severe infection
- Partial amputation
The goal of surgery will be to treat an injury, reduce pain, and restore normal function to the limb.
What to Expect at Dignity Health
Depending on the specific condition, surgery to repair the elbow, wrist, or hand may take place in a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient surgery center.
If you have experienced some sort of trauma, such as a broken wrist or elbow, immediate medical care will be needed. Call 9-1-1 if you need emergency care for an elbow, hand, or wrist injury.
For all other injuries or conditions that do not require emergency care, surgery is often performed in an outpatient surgical center. You may have open surgery if your injury or condition requires a longer, more extensive procedure. Many surgeries can be performed with a minimally invasive approach. For any elbow, wrist, or hand surgery, you will be given some form of anesthesia so you will not feel any pain.
Elbow, Wrist, & Hand Surgery Recovery
Following your procedure, you may need the support of an arm cast or wrist brace to stabilize the limb while it heals. Physical therapy will help restore strength and function. Your health care team will give you specific instructions during your recovery period.
At Dignity Health, our team of orthopedic surgeons performs elbow, wrist, and hand surgery in Arizona, to relieve chronic pain and restore movement with less discomfort.