De Quervain's tendon release is surgery to decrease pressure on a
tendon that runs along the side of the wrist near the thumb. Tendons are
flexible, rope-like fibres that connect muscle to bone. In de Quervain's (say
"duh-kair-VAZ") tendinitis, the tendon becomes swollen. This causes the tendon
to rub painfully against the tissue that covers it.
surgery will probably be done while you are awake. The doctor will give you a
shot (injection) to numb your hand and prevent pain. You also may get medicine
to help you relax.
During the surgery, the doctor will make a cut
(incision) in the skin on the side of your wrist near the base of your thumb.
He or she will make a cut to open the tight band over the swollen part of the
tendon. This will allow the tendon to move freely without pain. The doctor will
close the skin incision with stitches. You will have a scar on the side of your
wrist that will fade with time.
You will go home on the same day
as the surgery. How soon you can return to work depends on your job. If you can
do your job without using your hand, you may be able to go back in 1 or 2 days.
But if your job requires you to do repeated hand or wrist movements, put
pressure on your hand, or lift things, you may need 6 to 12 weeks off
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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