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Types of Hand & Wrist Surgery

From general surgery, to hand/wrist arthroscopy, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help restore the function to your body after an injury, helping you live a healthier, more productive and fulfilling life.

Complexly designed with an intricate network of nerves, muscles, tendons and bones, our hands are used in almost everything we do including:

  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Writing
  • Driving
  • And many other daily activities!

We depend on their seamless function and when an accident or injury occurs involving our hands, almost everything we do is affected.

At Okanagan Health Centre, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons are skilled in general surgery, as well as hand/wrist procedures, to treat a number of problems including carpal tunnel, fractures, sprains and more.

Whatever your needs, we can reduce your pain and significantly improve the quality of your life.


Common Types of Hand/Wrist Surgery

Many common problems of the hand, such as arthritis or abnormal enlargements of the bone, can cause you pain, discomfort and interfere with your daily living.

At our Kelowna private hospital, our plastic surgeons have the expertise in a wide range of hand/wrist surgeries including:


General Hand Surgery

1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when pressure is put on the medial nerve as it passes through your wrist, under the carpal tunnel ligament.

This results in numbness in your fingers. Surgery is generally recommended to ease the pressure on the nerve. This is done by splitting the carpal tunnel ligament under local anaesthetic.

2. Dupuytren's Contracture

This condition is caused by tissue forming in the palm of your hand and fingers. It is often painless, but can form bands which make your fingers curl into your palm.

A plastic surgeon can remove this tissue and release your fingers. The surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis.


3. Trigger Finger Release
If you have trigger finger, the affected finger may bend normally but becomes stuck in a curled position.

While the most common treatments including a split or a local injection, in some cases, you may require a minor day-case operation to open the tunnel and free the tendon.


General Wrist Surgery

1. Wrist Fusion

Your plastic surgeon may recommend a wrist fusion if your wrist is badly damaged. This is where the bones in your wrist are fixed to the bones in your hand. This surgery generally reduces pain and increases strength, but usually stops your wrist moving up and down.

2. Wrist Arthroscopy

Wrist arthroscopy is a surgery that allows a plastic surgeon to see the inside of a joint. It’s performed when a patient sustains an injury such as a fall or twisting of the wrist and is experiencing pain, clicking or swelling.

A wrist arthroscopy can be used to help:

  • Align wrist fractures
  • Remove ganglions of the wrist
  • Wash out infection
  • Remove excess joint lining associated with inflammation from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Why Visit Okanagan Health Centre

Whether addressing an arthritic joint or shattered wrist, our team of plastic surgeons work diligently to restore the complex anatomy and function to your hand/wrist so that you can quickly return to your daily activities.


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To find out more about our wide range of general and cosmetic surgeries, contact our private Kelowna hospital today at  250-868-9799 or fill in the online contact form.

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