De Quervain’s disease treatment
Patients with de Quervain’s disease experience painful motions of the thumb due to inflammation of the tendons and their sheaths.
This disorder usually affects working-age people and is mostly caused by strenuous physical activities and injury to the hand.
When the means of conservative treatment is ineffective, surgery is the only method to treat de Quervain’s disease.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is performed under local infiltration (when a pain-relieving drug is injected into the tissue) or regional anesthesia.
A 1.5- to 2-cm incision is placed in the area of the wrist, and the ligament that helps hold the tendons is cut. After the surgery, pressure on the affected tendons is released, and the tendons have more space to move; therefore, pain disappears.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- Active and routine motions of the hand are allowed after 2–3 weeks, when the wounds heal completely;
- The wound should be redressed every 2–3 days;
- The sutures are removed after 2 weeks;
- After 2–3 weeks following the surgery, special exercises are encouraged;
- The function of the hand is completely restored after 1 month.