At the Hands Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our team of renowned surgeons provide outstanding treatment for both carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. Below is a list of questions we are frequently asked by patients.
General Hand Surgery FAQs
Q: What type of surgeon performs hand surgery?
A: Plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons may choose to specialize in hand surgery. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, we offer expertly trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in the treatment of various hand injuries.
Q: What makes the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence unique?
A: The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles offers a world-class team of medical and surgical specialists to treat our patients. Our patients experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available and a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.
Q: What if I have questions or concerns about a hand condition?
A: Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services please contact the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 529-1873.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQs
Q: Do men and women have the same risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome?
A: No, women are ten times more likely than men to get carpal tunnel syndrome. This is because the carpal tunnel in women’s hands is smaller, making it easier for the median nerve to be compressed or irritated.
Q: What if I have CTS in both hands?
A: Carpal tunnel release surgery can be performed bilaterally (in both hands at the same time). Though this typically does not affect recovery time, it may increase pain or discomfort after the surgery. Some patients requiring carpal tunnel surgery in both hands opt to have the procedure on one hand at a time.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used during carpal tunnel surgery?
A: Carpal tunnel release surgery at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is performed under local anesthesia, making it a relatively simple outpatient procedure.
Q: Does the minimal incision approach to carpal tunnel surgery reduce complications?
A: Yes, the minimal incision approach used by our hand surgeons dramatically decreases the chance of complication during your recovery from surgery. A smaller incision involves less soft tissue damage in the hand, reducing the chance of pain or numbness after surgery. However, like most surgical procedures, there is a slight risk that complications could occur.
Q: How long after carpal tunnel surgery can I go back to work on a computer?
A: Recovery involves about one week for the skin to heal, followed by a few weeks of physical therapy. During that time, you will more than likely be able to work as normal.
Q: Will carpal tunnel release prevent me from playing guitar or playing other musical instruments?
A: No! Carpal tunnel release surgery should only improve your ability to play instruments, which is often difficult to do when you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Trigger Finger FAQs
Q: What if I have trigger finger in multiple digits?
A: Depending on the severity of your symptoms, trigger finger release surgery may be an effective treatment to relieve each of the affected fingers. Multiple sites of trigger finger may be operated on at once, though this may slightly increase the soreness or pain felt in the hand after surgery. Some patients choose to release one trigger finger at a time.
Q: Why are my trigger finger symptoms worse in the morning?
A: When we sleep, we tend to curl our fingers into the palm of the hand. Throughout the night, the affected tendon sheath becomes even more irritated and can lock the finger in a bent position. Wearing a splint over the affected finger can help reduce pain and stiffness by preventing your finger from curling into the palm while sleeping.
Q: How can I prevent trigger finger?
A: Taking steps to minimize repetitive hand motion, such as gripping, can reduce your risk of developing trigger finger. Despite these measures, trigger finger can be caused by other health conditions (diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis) and often develops with old age. Consider scheduling a consultation with a hand specialist at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence if you begin experiencing symptoms of trigger finger.
Contact a Los Angeles Hand Surgeon
If you have any more specific questions or are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger, you can contact the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence by calling (888) 529-1873.
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