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Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgery


We use our hands, wrists and elbows in nearly every activity we perform. Whether it's writing, cooking, typing or taking a shower, these body parts play a huge part of our lives.

If you've suffered pain or discomfort in your hands, wrists or elbows, you know just how devastating it can be. An injury to any these bones, muscles or ligaments can affect your ability to move throughout the day.

Dignity Health's Sacramento team of orthopedic specialists, can help you get your life back with several options for hand surgery, elbow surgery and wrist surgery.

Hand Surgery

There are several common pains and conditions that affect the hands and can interfere with your daily activities. We perform hand surgery to relieve and repair the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Tendon problems

Elbow Surgery

Whether you've just bumped your "funny bone" or you have chronic pain, the elbow joint is easy to injure. Pain in the elbow can occur from overuse, a fall or blow to the joint, or a force that causes the elbow to bend backward.

We perform elbow surgery to relieve and repair the following:

  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Hyperextension
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis

We offer arthroscopic surgery, which involves using a small camera and attached video monitor, to diagnose elbow conditions. Learn more about arthroscopy.

Wrist Surgery

Falls and blows are common causes of wrist injuries. But, as with other joints, overuse and repeated motions can take their toll. Accurate diagnosis and treatment are critical. A Dignity Health Orthopedist can provide comprehensive treatment from diagnosis through rehabilitation, ensuring you aren't out of action too long.

We perform wrist surgery to repair the following:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures and breaks
  • Stretched or torn ligaments and tendons

We offer arthroscopic surgery, which involves using a small camera and attached video monitor, to diagnose elbow conditions. Learn more about arthroscopy.

Recovery from Hand, Wrist or Elbow Surgery: What to Expect

Speed of recovery varies by person and type of injury. As you recover, you can aid the healing process by taking it easy. Your injury location may be bandaged, wrapped or iced to keep swelling down. You may be given a sling to immobilize your arm. Your surgery will be followed by a rehabilitation program.

The risks of serious complications from hand, wrist or elbow surgery are minimal, but as with any surgery, there is a small chance of:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Instrument failure in surgery
  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Reactions to anesthesia

If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at 916.851.2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.

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