Patients with severe fractures are in safe hands
But we’re also here to help with a variety of other issues.
Our hands are among the most valuable body parts we have. And that’s not just the case for those, like star pianist Lang Lang, who insure their hands for a hefty sum (30 million euros!). The feeling of not being able to do something with your own hands is often more painful than the injury or disease itself.
Our team at ORTHOmedic is on hand to help you get back to your everyday life after suffering an injury or being diagnosed with a disease of the hand. These valuable tools, each made up of 27 bones, 33 muscles and a complex tendon structure, are incredibly intricate from an orthopaedic perspective, despite how powerful they are. Hand surgery requires specialist knowledge, carried out with state-of-the-art equipment. You can rely on the ORTHOmedic team’s surgical precision, acquired through hundreds of arthroscopic procedures on all of the joints in the human body.
Falls, work-related injuries and sports injuries are the most common causes of broken fingers or joints. Many fractures can be treated with conservative therapy, i.e. with a plaster cast or physiotherapy. Comminuted bone fractures, or cases in which the bones have shifted too far to be able to redirect from outside, however, require surgery. One possible procedure is to join the ends of the bones together with titanium implants, plates or screws.
Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis)
Trigger finger is an acquired (as opposed to inherited) disease that is largely painless, but can be highly inconvenient. It most commonly occurs in the thumb. It occurs when the tendons form a type of small knot, leaving the tendon unable to slide through the sheath at the level of the annular pulley. When the tendon is blocked in this position, the finger can no longer be bent or straightened properly. A suitable surgical procedure is chosen to split the annular pulley. In many cases the inflamed sheath is also removed.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
This disease mainly affects women. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the main nerve in the hand is compressed, causing chronic irritation. The median nerve in the arm runs alongside nine tendons through an anatomical tunnel close to the brachial artery. Often, this tunnel is relatively narrow from birth. If the tunnel then becomes inflamed, symptoms may occur such as tingling, numbness and pain. The carpal tunnel can be surgically expanded, for example by cutting the transverse carpal ligament that creates a ‘roof’ over the tunnel, releasing the nerve, and removing the inflamed tendon sheath.
This is a mysterious but relatively harmless disease, that primarily affects men. The disease occurs when the connective tissues in the hand harden, restricting the ability to extend one or more fingers. Dupuytren’s contracture develops over a period of years, and although it is painless, it can often become inconvenient. If the finger becomes severely bent, the connective tissue causing the deformation is released and removed via a surgical procedure.