Living with Hand Pain blog — Hand surgery

What is STT arthritis?

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What is STT arthritis?

STT arthritis is a form of osteoarthritis that involves three bones in the wrist, the Scaphoid, the Trapezium and the Trapezoid. This article covers the symptoms of STT arthritis, diagnosis and treatment options including surgery.

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Ask Trevor CHT: fused wrists

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Ask Trevor CHT: fused wrists

Rachel asks:

"I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. My hands are very painful and I have several joints replaced over the years. I have little movement in my wrists and am considering getting them fused.

Is it safer to let them fuse naturally or fuse them surgically now?"

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What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

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What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed.

The ulnar nerve runs from the neck into the hand, it is one of the three main nerves that provide feeling and function to the hand.

You have almost certainly experienced pain related to the ulnar nerve - it's the nerve affected when you hurt your 'funny bone' in the elbow.

It is usually caused by a soft tissue tumor, most commonly a ganglion cyst.

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Ask Trevor CHT: Trapeziectomy surgery for osteoarthritis?

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Ask Trevor CHT: Trapeziectomy surgery for osteoarthritis?

Wanda asks:

"I have osteoarthritis in my right thumb. It’s very painful. I recently saw an orthopedic hand specialist who recommended surgery (a trapeziectomy). He said the surgery has a 90-95% success rate, would take the pain away completely, and is covered by my insurance.

If I decide to have the surgery, how long will it take to recover and will my hand be back to normal as a result?"

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Ask Trevor CHT: Will I have pins and needles after surgery?

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Ask Trevor CHT: Will I have pins and needles after surgery?

Nicki asks:

"I'm having carpal tunnel surgery soon - will I have pins and needles after surgery and if so, for how long?"

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