Wrist Surgery

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

After knees and shoulders, wrist surgery is the third most common joint surgery. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, are highly experienced orthopedic surgeons who perform wrist surgery to alleviate pain and restore function. As a specialized hand surgeon, Dr. Huene has advanced training and credentials in the field of hand surgery, including problems concerning the wrist and forearm. If nonsurgical treatments haven’t provided relief, wrist surgery may be an option. Call to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

Wrist Surgery Q & A

When would I need wrist surgery?

You may need wrist surgery to correct internal problems of the wrist or repair the carpal bones at the base of your hand. Conditions that sometimes require surgery for an optimal outcome include:

  • Severe bone fractures
  • Ganglions (growths) in the wrist
  • Infections
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis

For many people, relief comes from nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, bracing, or medications. But for those who have more severe or chronic conditions, wrist surgery is the best way to improve mobility and relieve pain long term.

What types of wrist surgeries are available?

Some of the most common wrist surgeries include:

  • Wrist fusion for severe arthritis
  • Carpectomy to remove small bones from the wrist joint affected by arthritis
  • Wrist arthroscopy to repair fractures, remove ganglions, and correct carpal tunnel syndrome

Drs. Huene and Sobiek also commonly perform carpal tunnel release surgery to free the carpal ligament from compressing the median nerve that runs through the center of your wrist into your hand. Performing this surgery arthroscopically makes it less invasive than traditional open wrist surgeries.

During wrist fusion surgery, your doctor removes the joints affected by arthritis and joins the remaining bones together using plates and screws. This causes the bones to fuse together over time. Drs. Huene and Sobiek may perform partial wrist fusion surgery or fuse the entire wrist.

Wrist replacement surgery is much less common than other types of wrist surgeries, but it’s sometimes necessary if rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis has caused severe pain and restricted movement. While wrist replacement surgery may relieve pain long term, it’s not a good option for active lifestyles or younger people.

What can I expect after wrist surgery?

The outcome of your surgery depends on the severity of your condition and the type of surgery your doctor performs. You have a bandage around your wrist and possibly a brace or cast that immobilizes your wrist so it can heal in the proper position.

Ideally, as you heal from your procedure, you experience reduced pain and increased mobility in your wrist joint. While you may not gain complete function and mobility of your wrist, especially after wrist fusion surgery for arthritis, the function is usually better than it was before, and less painful.

Your orthopedic surgeon at Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates may recommend physical therapy or exercises you can do at home as you recover and rebuild strength in your hand and wrist.

For exceptional wrist care in the Reno, Nevada, area, schedule a consultation online, or call the office for the next available appointment.