New Orleans Orthopedic Institute
Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in Slidell, LA & Metairie, LA
If you’re living with carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger, and your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, you might benefit from hand surgery. At New Orleans Shoulder Institute, in Metairie, Hammond, and Slidell, Louisiana, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, Brian Kindl, MD, and the team, offer several different types of hand surgery, including carpal tunnel release and trigger finger surgery. To request your hand surgery consultation today, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Hand Surgery Q & A
What is hand surgery?
Hand surgery is an umbrella term used to describe several different surgical procedures designed to restore hand and finger function.
Dr. Kindl and the team at New Orleans Orthopedic Institute regularly perform hand surgery to address:
- Hand injuries
- Rheumatic diseases
- Degenerative changes
- Infections of the hand
Dr. Kindl and the team also perform hand surgery to treat problems or congenital disabilities present at birth.
Are there different types of hand surgery?
At New Orleans Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Kindl and the team offer several different types of hand surgery, including:
Carpal tunnel release
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you might benefit from carpal tunnel release. During carpal tunnel release surgery, Dr. Kindl carefully cuts through the ligament in your hand that’s pressing down on your carpal tunnel. This process makes room for your median nerve, improving pain and function.
Trigger finger surgery
If your thumb or finger locks in a bent position, you might benefit from trigger finger surgery. During this type of operation, Dr. Kindl cuts a small incision in your palm. Afterward, he cuts the tendon sheath, which impedes your finger’s movement. After cutting the sheath, Dr. Kindl moves your finger around. If the motions are smooth and fluid, he carefully stitches your hand back up.
Tendons are strong fibers that connect your muscles to your bone, but they aren’t invincible. If you tear a tendon, develop an infection, or suffer trauma, Dr. Kindl might recommend tendon repair surgery to prevent further damage.
Joint replacement, or arthroplasty, is a type of surgery used to address problems caused by arthritis. During this type of surgery, Dr. Kindl replaces a damaged or infected joint with a prosthesis. Modern artificial joints are made of several different materials, including plastic, silicone, metal, and rubber.
What type of hand surgery is right for me?
To determine the type of hand surgery you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. Kindl and the team at New Orleans Orthopedic Institute. Following a review of your medical history, discussion of your symptoms, and thorough physical exam, Dr. Kindl can make treatment recommendations that align with your individual goals.
If hand pain is negatively affecting your quality of life, request a hand surgery consultation at New Orleans Orthopedic Institute today by using the office or clicking the online booking tool.