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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 v2 pdf 1,127.03 KB Food, fluid and nutrition
Assessment before orthopaedic surgery V13 pdf 801.43 KB Orthopaedic
Caring for your hand after surgery V1 pdf 835.46 KB Hand
Carpal tunnel syndrome V7 pdf 986.71 KB Hand
Complications after hand surgery V1 pdf 816.64 KB Hand
cubital tunnel syndrome V1 pdf 835.87 KB Hand
De Quervain V1 pdf 283.72 KB Hand
Digital mucoid cyst V1 pdf 355.38 KB Hand
Dupuytrens contracture V8 pdf 1,054.29 KB Hand
Dupuytrens disease and contracture V1 pdf 894.27 KB Hand
hand therapy following trapeziectomy surgery V1.pdf pdf 2,212.70 KB Hand, Orthopaedic
Orthopaedic surgery advice V2 pdf 792.27 KB Orthopaedic
Tennis elbow V1 pdf 321.93 KB Hand
Thumb base arthritis V2 pdf 817.50 KB Hand
Trapeziectomy surgery for thumb base arthritis V2 pdf 0.00 KB Hand
Trigger finger V1 pdf 944.00 KB Hand
Wrist ganglion V1 pdf 299.59 KB Hand

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