Category Archives: Procedures

Finger Felon Drainage

Finger Felon Drainage Overview The purpose of this procedure is to drain the pus and relieve the pressure and pain that results from an abscess in the pad of the fingertip, called a felon. Although commonly performed on an outpatient basis, severe infections may require hospitalization and antibiotics. Preparation The patient is positioned, and the […]

Finger Fracture Fixation

Finger Fracture Fixation Overview This procedure uses pins, screws or metal plates to repair broken bones in the fingers. The actual fixation method will depend on the location and pattern of the break. Preparation The patient is positioned so that the hand is clearly visible to the surgeon. General or regional anesthesia is administered, and […]

Finger Joint Fusion (DIP Joint)

Finger Joint Fusion (DIP Joint) Overview This outpatient procedure is used to resolve the pain of a severely arthritic joint of the finger by permanently stopping finger movement. This is most commonly used for the joint nearest the fingertip, called the DIP joint, although any joint in the finger can be fused. Preparation The patient […]

Ganglion Cyst Removal

Ganglion Cyst Removal Overview This outpatient procedure is used to remove a ganglion cyst, a fluid-filled sac that forms as a herniation from a joint capsule, ligament or tendon sheath. Ganglion cysts commonly develop at the wrist. Preparation This procedure is performed in the operating room under sterile conditions. Anesthesia is administered, a tourniquet is […]

Joint Synovectomy

Joint Synovectomy Overview This procedure removes diseased or damaged synovium, a thin layer of tissue that lines joint capsules and tendon sheaths and provides lubrication for movement. The synovium can be inflamed for a variety of reasons, most commonly rheumatoid arthritis. Preparation After anesthesia is administered, the hand is cleaned and sterilized and positioned so […]

Tendon Repair

Tendon Repair Overview This procedure, performed under general anesthesia, is used to repair a ruptured or severed tendon in the finger or thumb. Preparation The patient is positioned, anesthesia is administered, and the hand is cleansed and sterilized. The surgeon locates the ends of the tendons and carefully brings the two ends back together. The […]

Trigger Digit Release

Trigger Digit Release Overview During this minimally-invasive procedure, the surgeon opens a narrowed tendon pulley at the base of a finger or thumb affected by trigger digit. Opening the pulley prevents the nodule from catching, allowing the the affected digit to flex and extend normally with no triggering or pain. Preparation The patient is positioned […]

Wrist Arthroscopy

Wrist Arthroscopy Overview This minimally invasive outpatient procedure allows the surgeon to evaluate and treat injuries and disorders of the ligaments, cartilage, and bones of the wrist. The surgeon uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, and tiny instruments which are inserted through small incisions in the wrist. Preparation The patient lays flat with the […]