DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis Katy TX
At The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy, we specialize in the treatment of a variety of issues with the hand and wrist, including De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. Dr. Dipan Das is fellowship-trained in the field of hand and microsurgery. He can take the time to accurately diagnose and treat your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.
What Is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that affects the tendons along the thumb side of the wrist. Exquisite pain and swelling result as the tendons and the sheath that surrounds them become irritated. Sometimes, De Quervain’s can mimic the symptoms associated with arthritis at the base of the thumb. The symptoms can become debilitating, as use of the thumb and wrist becomes limited due to the pain. Common symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include:
- Pain and swelling near the base of the thumb
- An odd sticking sensation when moving the thumb
- Difficulty pinching or grabbing
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis can become more severe if not treated. Pain can become more intense and begin to spread into the thumb and along the forearm. Motions such as grasping or pinching can also become severely painful. You should seek out professional medical care as soon as you start experiencing noticeable symptoms.
Diagnosis and Treatment for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
The symptoms can become debilitating, as use of the thumb and wrist becomes limited due to the pain. At The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy, our hand specialists will evaluate your symptoms and perform a thorough examination to confirm the diagnosis. Initial treatments are conservative and include a combination of rest, splinting, and anti-inflammatory medication. If the symptoms fail to respond, a steroid injection may be indicated. Only after non-surgical measures or in severe cases will surgical intervention be recommended.
Surgical treatment for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves releasing the pressure being placed on the affected tendon by making an incision along the wrist and base of the thumb to open the sheath surrounding the swollen tendon. There will be some swelling and soreness around the area following the procedure that can take a month or so to subside. Full recovery from the procedure can take around six to 12 weeks. Our team will provide you with all the information you need to help you through the recovery process.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are concerned that you may have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, please contact The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy at 832-232-HAND (4263) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Das. Dr. Das is a certified and highly skilled hand surgeon who specializes in treating problems of the hand and wrist who can provide you with the personalized care you are in need of.