Hand surgery is designed to correct naturally occurring deformities, treat traumatic injuries, and relieve pain in the hand, wrist and forearm.
Carpal tunnel release surgery is designed to restore your comfort by releasing the pressure on your median nerve.
The median nerve, which carries sensation to the thumb and all fingers except the little pinky finger, passes through a natural passageway through an opening in the wrist. This opening, called carpal tunnel, is formed by arched shaped wrist bones and a connecting ligament.
Various conditions such as pregnancy, injury, arthritis, and changes in the tendons caused by repetitive motion can crowd the already narrow tunnel, putting pressure on the median nerve. This added pressure can cause an uncomfortable tingling sensation in your fingers and thumb.
Numbness, pain, weakness and restricted movement are common symptoms. The pain you’re experiencing in your hand and wrist can also radiate up your forearm. This combination of symptoms is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal ligament that is pressing on the median nerve can be cut via open carpal tunnel surgery.
Open carpal tunnel surgery includes an incision made in the palm of your hand so Dr. Lyons can get access to and cut the carpal ligament to release the pressure on the median nerve.
Trigger finger is a painful condition where fingers tend to get stuck in a painfully locked, bent position and they open with a quick snap. This condition is caused by thickening over tendons which prevents the normal function of the finger.
There’s a structure of the tendon known as a pulley which keeps the function of the tendons in line. The quick finger snapping occurs when the pulleys become too thick causing the tendons tend to get stuck. This prevents the fingers from moving freely as they should.
Dr. Lyons will make a small incision at the base of your affected fingers to release the structure that is inhibiting tendon motion.
Dr. Lyons also has extensive experience with traumatic hand injuries including blunt force trauma and amputations.
Hand surgery is usually performed under a local anesthetic. Dr. Lyons will give you very detailed post operative care instructions to follow during your recovery.
You can request to see Dr. Megan Lyons for your reconstructive hand surgery. Ask your family doctor or a walk-in clinic physician to refer you to Dr. Lyons directly. They can call Dr. Lyons’ office at 306.566.4664 or they can fax a consultation request to 306.205.2250.