St George Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Hand Procedures

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It is very common and is a condition that will progressively worsen. There are several common causes of this condition which include; fractures and sprains, repetitive movements of the hand and wrist, congenital abnormalities and other medical conditions such as obesity, arthiritis and cysts to name a few.

What does the operation involve?

Carpal Tunnel syndrome can be treated conservatively although often surgery is required. Carpal Tunnel Release if performed endoscopically through very small incisions in the wrist and palm. The carpal tunnel ligament is released to relieve pressure on the nerve.

How soon will I recover?

In the recovery period you will be required to assist in reducing swelling by keeping your hand elevated and often a splint will be worn.

What is a Dupuytrens?

Dupuytrens is thickening of the tissue layer underneath the skin on the hands and fingers as a result of excess collagen built up which results in a curvature of the finger. Many different factors can cause this condition including diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption and it being hereditary.

What does the operation involve?

Conservative methods are always used for the condition initially however if the condition worsens and is significantly affecting a patients quality of life overtime then a

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger is a condition where one of the fingers or the thumb is caught in a bent position and is can often be snapped back into a straight position. This condition is caused by inflammation in the protection layer surrounding the tendon in the finger. This inflammation prevents the tendon being able to glide smoothly back and forth and thus catches in a bent position.

What does the operation involve?

The operation performed for Trigger Finger can be done under local or general anaesthetic. It involves the surgeon making a small incision along the affected finger and releasing the tight portion of the flexor tendon sheath.