De Quervain’s Release Surgery

De Quervain’s release is an outpatient procedure that relieves the symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. The procedure releases the tendon sheath that wraps around the base of the thumb, relieving pressure and friction. De Quervain’s release surgery allows the tendons to glide freely when moving the thumb and wrist.

When performing the De Quervain's Release surgery, your orthopedic hand surgeon will make a small incision on the wrist near the base of the thumb. The surgeon will locate the inflamed tendon and releases the sheath surrounding the tendon by making a small slit in the sheath. This allows the tendon sheath to spread open and relieves the painful pressure and friction in the tendon.

At the end of the surgery, the hand surgeon closes the incision with sutures, bandages, and applies a splint. Our hand specialists at Emory encourage patients to start moving the tip of their thumb the same day of the surgery.

If you have questions, or to make an appointment, call: 404-778-3350.

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