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Hand surgery and patient journey

There are many conditions that affect the hand which can cause pain or problems with movement. These include arthritis, carpal tunnel syndromes, trigger finger and dupuytrens contracture.

Your GP may refer you to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon to discuss possible treatment options if you:

  • are in regular pain which makes it difficult to carry out every day activities, or is having a disabling effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities. 
  • Have pins and needles or weakness affecting your hand. 
  • Have trouble straightening your fingers.

Patient journey

If you are referred to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, you will be given an appointment to see one of our Orthopaedic Surgeons.

At this consultation, your surgeon will have a look at your medical history and will examine your hand before discussing the most appropriate course of treatment. More investigations may need to be organised to confirm a diagnosis for some people.

Some hand conditions can be treated with an injection which can be carried out in the clinic. If you have an injection, you will be able to drive yourself home afterward.

If it is decided that surgery is the best course of action, the surgeon will discuss in detail what is involved in the operation, along with any associated risks and complications, beginning the process of informed consent.  

Many hand operations are carried out under local anaesthetic but some require a general anaesthetic. If surgery under general anaesthetic is planned, you will need to attend the Pre-operative Assessment Clinic.

Hands Patient Information

Title Extension Size Topic
Achieving a healthy weight with orthopaedic conditions v3 pdf 645.27 KB Food, fluid and nutrition
After surgery for Dupuytrens contracture v9 pdf 920.07 KB Hand
Assessment before orthopaedic surgery V14 pdf 596.85 KB Orthopaedic
Caring for your hand after surgery v4 pdf 677.85 KB Hand
Carpal tunnel syndrome V8 pdf 816.46 KB Hand
cubital tunnel syndrome V2 pdf 1,082.87 KB Hand
De Quervain V1 pdf 781.07 KB Hand
Digital mucoid cyst v3 pdf 718.82 KB Hand
Dupuytrens Disease and Dupuytrens Contracture v1 pdf 743.11 KB Hand
hand therapy advice following trapeziectomy surgery for thumb base arthritis v3 pdf 1,375.82 KB Hand, Orthopaedic
Orthopaedic surgery advice V2 pdf 548.99 KB Orthopaedic
Possible complications after hand surgery v3 pdf 641.08 KB Hand
Tennis elbow v4 pdf 897.02 KB Hand
Thumb base arthritis V2 pdf 565.77 KB Hand
Trapeziectomy surgery for thumb base arthritis v4 pdf 660.15 KB Hand
Trigger finger v3 pdf 765.39 KB Hand
Wrist ganglion V1 pdf 565.80 KB Hand

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