De Quervain's tenosynovitis

In de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also called de Quervain’s tendonitis, specific tendons which move the thumb become painfully swollen. You will feel the pain in the wrist area, at the base of the thumb, when you perform certain pinching or twisting movements, like opening a jar or using a screwdriver. It is common in new mothers, but occurs in men and women alike.

Therapeutic options for De Quervain’s

If you experience de Quervain’s tenosynovitis for the first time, the first treatment option is rest, helped by a splint and anti-inflammatory medication. Should your thumb and wrist still be sore after a few weeks, a steroid injection may help resolve the symptoms. Dr Patrick Lyall at enhanceme can administer this injection in his rooms at Fernbrae House. If your symptoms still persist or return after initially improving, then surgery may become necessary.

When you need surgery for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Patrick will perform your surgery as a day procedure under general anaesthetic at Mercy Hospital. The operation may take up to 1.5 hours, and you will be able to go home afterwards. You won’t be able to drive for a few days after your surgery. As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of complications. Patrick will explain them in detail during your consultation.

Your recovery

You may experience some tenderness in the hand for a few days, and you can expect to return to a desk job within a few days. Any stitches are usually removed after about 10 to 14 days.

Does de Quervain’s tenosynovitis come back?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a temporary condition. It is important you get it treated to avoid permanent movement limitations or damage to the tendon sheath. The good news is that the condition usually responds well to treatment. Hand therapy after successful treatment will help prevent de Quervain’s from recurring.

De Quervain’s surgery cost at enhanceme

Patrick will always give you a personal cost estimate before any procedure is agreed on. The cost of your is determined by the complexity and length of the operation.