Most Common Types of Hand Surgery

There are many different types of hand surgeries to treat injuries and common conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. Medical advances over the years have made hand and wrist surgery safe and reliable, so if you’re a candidate for hand surgery and are wondering if your surgery ranks in the most common types of hand surgery in the US, take a look at our list to find out.

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs after a period of time where there has. been ongoing compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. The condition results in pain that can potentially be relieved by surgery. Surgery aims to reduce the compression or the pressure on the nerve.

After the relatively simple procedure, patients are discharged the same day as the operation. After the operation, treatment recommendations include waiting to do heavy tasks or repetitive motions for at least a month. Complete recovery usually takes less than a month following the operation and allows a patient to eventually resume normal tasks. This is one of the most common surgeries performed by Dr. Avery Arora, a Michigan hand doctor.

Most Common Types of Hand Surgery

Dupuytren’s Contracture Fasciectomy Surgery

Dupuytren’s disease is when an abnormal tissue growth forms on the deep tissue of the fingers or the palm of the hands. Although the presence of the tissue does not cause pain, it may make the fingers curl, leaving the fingers unable to stretch out completely. Surgery releases the fingers by removing the tissue that causes the curling of the fingers. The method developed into an outpatient procedure, and healing is about two weeks long.

Two weeks after the surgery, patients may already regain some level of functionality in their hands. Therapy helps in most cases to ensure that hand function and movement will return close to normal.  A newer form of treatment is simple injection with XIAFLEX. This is a new drug that digests the abnormal tissue growth. Dr. Arora is well-versed with this treatment and may offer it to qualified patients.


Trigger Finger Release Surgery

“Trigger finger” occurs when the finger bends normally without any problem but cannot straighten due to the tendon becoming stuck. In other words, the finger remains curled. Surgery for “trigger finger,” releases the tendon from the tendon sheath that makes the tendon stuck. This is performed as an outpatient procedure. Recovery is quick and takes about two weeks with normal healing and good care.  You may not even require surgery and often a steroid injection can remedy this condition. Talk over your suggested treatment plan for this condition with Dr. Arora.


Tendon Repair Surgery

The hands and the wrist have two groups of tendon: the flexor tendons which allow the fingers to flex so that the hands can grip and curl, and the extensor tendons which allows the fingers to open up. Both these groups of tendons may rupture due to arthritis or the rubbing of the tendon on the bone. Surgery can repair the tendons.

After tendon repair healing takes about 6-12 weeks. Therapy ensures that the tendon will return to normal function. Full recovery from the surgery in most cases occurs in three months with good care and general good health of a patient.


If you believe you are suffering from one of these conditions, it may be time to get in touch with top MI hand surgeon Dr. Avery Arora. You can schedule an appointment at one of his four offices in West Bloomfield, Warren, Macomb, or Howell, Michigan.