Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Care

So many of your daily activities are dependent on your hands and wrists, which work together along with the elbow to enable both broad and fine movements. Our care team has received specialized training to treat even the most complex orthopaedic issues of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

Hand & Wrist Anatomy

The specialists at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin understand how important fully functional bones (28 in each hand and wrist), ligaments, tendons, and muscles are to your day-to-day activities and quality of life – and we work hard to repair and preserve them.

The hand itself is both delicate and complex – and functions very closely in conjunction with the wrist. Because of this, our team includes highly specialized professionals who understand the unique approach to hand and wrist surgery.

Elbow Anatomy

Your elbow joint is the junction of three bones: the humerus of the upper arm, and the radius and the ulna of the forearm. A large bursa lubricates the joint to promote fluid movement, and many intricate ligaments help them maintain joint stability. Musculature around the elbow is dense, making it a common site for injury.

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Conditions & Treatments

The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin treats a wide range of hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, from diagnosis to treatment through rehabilitation. In fact, we perform more carpal tunnel surgeries than any other hospital in southeastern Wisconsin.

Conditions we treat:

Procedures we perform:

  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Bone fracture repair
  • Bursectomy
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Dupuytren’s contracture fasciectomy
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel
  • Finger joint fusion
  • Fusion surgery for arthritis
  • Joint replacement
  • Knuckle (MCP joint) replacement
  • Trigger finger release
  • Trapeziectomy (trapeziumremoval)
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Wrist arthroscopy

After Your Surgery: Home Care

Before you go home, your care team will make sure you are comfortable, well-informed, and ready. Your detailed care instructions will include the recommendations shown below.

After surgery, you will:

  • Rest, with your surgical hand/arm elevated on pillows for several days
  • Keep bandaging clean and dry, covering it securely with a plastic bag to shower
  • Adhere strictly to instructions regarding limiting use of your hand/arm

Questions? You can always contact your surgeon’s office.

General surgery information can be found here.

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