De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

What is De Quervain's Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is an irritation and inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. This often causes pain and difficulty with gripping and lifting. 

How do we treat it?

Most people respond well to a trial of corticosteroid injections and immobilizing the wrist and thumb for a period of time. These injections help soothe the inflammation surrounding the tendons and many have complete relief of their symptoms. If symptoms recur or worsen, then surgery may be considered.

What is the surgery?

Surgery for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis involves making a small incision over the thumb side of the wrist. The inflamed tendons are found and the tight tunnel they travel in is carefully opened. This is performed as "same-day-surgery" and total time spent in the hospital is typically only a few hours. That way, you can be back in the comfort of your own home quickly.

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