Hand Surgery in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Hand surgery is performed to treat injuries caused by trauma and correct abnormalities that were present at birth. Specialized hand surgeries are designed to alleviate pain and restore the strength, flexibility and function of your wrist and fingers.
Your Initial Consultation
At the time of your initial consultation you will meet with Dr. Brooks to discuss your hand surgery in detail. The surgical steps of your procedure will be explained and all of your questions will be answered.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve. The median nerve runs from your forearm to the palm of your hand. The median nerve sends sensation signals to the palm side of your hand and fingers, and controls the muscles at the base of your thumb.
When the median nerve gets compressed at the narrow passage way of your wrist this can result in pain, tingling, weakness, burning or numbness in your hand and wrist. The same uncomfortable feeling can also radiate up your arm.
The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve the pressure on your median nerve by cutting the ligament that’s pressing on it.
Trigger finger is a painful condition in which your fingers gets stuck in a bent position and straightens with a quick snap.
This occurs when your tendon is inflamed and cannot glide properly through tiny tunnels known as ligaments. Every time your swollen tendons try to glide through the tiny tunnel it gets trapped and the motion of moving your fingers becomes a quick snap rather than a smooth motion.
The goal of trigger finger surgery is to open the tunnel where the tendon is trapped and give it free reign to glide without getting stuck. Dr. Brooks will work through a small incision made at the base of your affected fingers.
Tendon repair is the most common hand surgery for traumatic injuries. When a tendon is cut in an accident, the tendon pulls away from the cut line. Think of your tendon as a tight elastic band, when the tendon is cut, it separates at the cut line and goes in the opposite direction. Dr. Brooks will retrieve the retracted tendon and will surgically reconnect it to restore function and movement.
Anesthesia & Recovery
Local anesthetic is commonly used for hand surgery cases, you will be extremely comfortable during your procedure.
You can see our standard post-operative care instructions for carpal tunnel surgery here: View Post-Op Care Instructions
Dr. Brooks will give you specific post-operative care instructions and return to work information at the time of your initial consultation.