Expert Care for Your Hands, Wrists, Elbows and Shoulders
If you’re dealing with an injury to your hands, wrist, elbow or shoulder, you’re more than ready to have restored functionality again and get back to doing what’s important to you.
Regardless of your condition, you can count on the WellSpan fellowship trained surgeons and the clinical team to work with you to develop a treatment plan that reflects your goals and priorities.
WellSpan offers a comprehensive approach to care including consultation, diagnostics, non-surgical treatment options, surgical procedures and rehabilitation services. But our care plan doesn’t end there. We not only include the doctor who’s involved in your care, but also other WellSpan physicians, caregivers at other medical facilities, community resources, and even your family and co-workers, as necessary.
We treat many conditions of the hands and upper extremities, including:
How We Can Help
Our physicians combine their skills and experience with advanced diagnostic tools, such as arthrography, CT scans, fluoroscopy, MRIs and ultrasound. This approach ensures our patients receive the right diagnosis and get the treatment plan that puts them on the road to recovery. Treatment may include surgery, therapy or other approaches to help your hand or upper extremity heal.
Arthroplasty surgery helps restore function of a joint, which has been lost as a result of osteoarthritis. Surgery may be an option if a non-surgical treatment, such as medication, lifestyle modification or physical therapy has not helped alleviate pain. Surgery may include resurfacing the bone or replacing it with an artificial joint. Learn more about joint surgery.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to see inside your joint to help make a diagnosis, or to repair an issue with the joint. Learn more about arthroscopy.
Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel release can help reduce pain and improve function for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. During the procedure, your surgeon will cut through the ligament that is putting pressure on the carpal tunnel, making more room for the nerve and tendons that pass through the tunnel.
Nerve Repair or Decompression
Nerve decompression treats and releases compressed nerves in the body, including the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. Nerves most often become compressed from damaged or inflamed tendons, muscles or ligaments, narrowing of bony space or bone spurs. Your surgeon will likely recommend physical therapy to help you gain strength and function after surgery.
Microvascular surgery can successfully reattach severed fingers, hands or arms in certain situations. It uses a surgical microscope with specialized instruments, tiny needles and ultrafine sutures to reconnect small blood vessels before tissue begins to die. Microvascular surgery is also sometimes used during reconstructive surgery.
WellSpan orthopedic surgeons use microsurgery to perform precise procedures on blood vessels, nerves and soft tissues. Our experienced and highly skilled surgeons use microsurgery for reconstruction, free tissue transfer or nerve repair.
Reconstruction surgery can help restore function and appearance to the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. The surgeons at WellSpan bring a wide-range of experience and skills to the operating table – helping patients chose the best treatment path. Our integrated team supports you along the entire journey, from pre-op to surgery; from post-op to therapy to ensure your surgery successfully restores some function.
Joint Contracture Release
Joint contracture release can help restore function to stiff fingers. This procedure helps reduce pain and improve range of motion as a result of stiff fingers from injury or certain diseases.
Endoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon inserts a small, flexible tube with a camera attached to the end into your body through a small incision. The surgeon can diagnose and even certain treat conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, joint disease and bone spurs.
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