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Hand & Wrist Surgery

Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD
Hand Surgeon in San Jose

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Hand Surgery We Offer in San Jose

Dr. Mehta, based in San Jose, is a hand surgeon and expert in treating most hand and wrist conditions. She performs hand and wrist surgery including upper extremity issues. These are usually problems that involve ligaments, nerves, joints, and muscles.

When you first visit Dr. Mehta, she will examine your hand and explain the cause of your discomfort. She will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to ease your hand and wrist pain.

Conservative treatments for hand and wrist pain can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Wrist splints
  • Wrist braces

However, if these are not working, there are other options. If your hand pain is serious or your pain continues despite conservative treatment, Dr. Mehta may offer treatments including:

  • Cortisone injection
  • Hand surgery
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The Best Hand Surgeon in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who can help you recover from your joint condition.

We can help if you:

Types of Hand & Wrist Surgery

Dr. Mehta performs advanced surgical techniques to repair your hand condition. Types of hand surgery she can offer include:

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Carpal tunnel release surgery is also known as median nerve decompression. It is a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome to relieve numbness, tingling, and pain in your hand. 

Your hand surgeon will incise the carpal ligament in your wrist to reduce pressure on your median nerve. This is done through a small incision and usually performed under local anesthetic. Doing it this way decreases complication rates and speeding up recovery.

surgeon preparing for hand surgery in San Jose

Wrist Bursitis Surgery

Wrist bursitis is a painful inflammation of fluid-filled sacs near the joint. It usually responds to rest, ice, and medication, but in rare cases surgery steps in.

Two main options exist: drainage and bursectomy. Drainage involves a small incision to draw out excess fluid, easing pressure. Bursectomy removes the entire inflamed bursa. Both are minimally invasive, often outpatient procedures.

De Quervain’s Release Surgery

De Quervain’s release surgery is a treatment for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. We use this surgery if your symptoms are severe or not responding to treatment. Your hand surgeon will cut a tendon sheath near the base of the thumb to allow your tendons to move freely.

patient with trigger finger on his right ring finger

Trigger Finger Surgery

Trigger finger surgery is a treatment for trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. In this condition your finger or thumb is stuck in a curled position. Your hand surgeon will cut a fibrous band known as a pulley  in your finger to allow your tendons to move freely.

After surgery you will be able to freely bend and straighten the affected finger again.

Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fracture Stabilization

Fracture stabilization is a treatment for broken metacarpals (hand bones) and phalanges (finger bones). This is used if the type of fracture in your hand is unsuitable for treatment with a cast or taping.

Your hand surgeon will use tools including wires and screws to stabilize the broken bones in your hand. 

Cubital Tunnel Release Surgery

Cubital tunnel release surgery is known as ulnar nerve decompression. It is a treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome. This is caused by excess pressure on the ulnar nerve in your elbow. This causes symptoms on the opposite side of your hand to carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Your hand surgeon will cut fibrous bands around your elbow to reduce the pressure and ease symptoms including:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Hand pain.

What to Expect After Hand Surgery

For most types of hand surgery, you will be able to return home after a few hours of monitoring post-procedure. Your hand surgeon will arrange for appropriate pain relief and care instructions for your hand dressing.

You may have your hand immobilized in a bandage or splint for a few weeks after the procedure. You will have a small scar over your hand or wrist following this procedure.

You may have some restrictions on activities that you can do, to rest your hand and allow it to heal after surgery.

Your hand is very sensitive and makes intricate movements which are a key part of your life. Because of this, you may require intensive physical therapy for several weeks.

Hand and wrist pain require evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon

What Hand & Wrist Services Do We Offer?

Hand & Wrist Pain Assessment

We use our hands every day of our lives for some of the most important of life's activities. Hand and wrist pain can be debilitating, meaning you struggle to drive, write, and play sports.

Hand & Wrist Surgery

If your hand condition is severe, or nothing you have tried has helped, Dr. Mehta can advise you on the options for surgery. She is a hand surgeon in San Jose and can offer expert opinion and care.

Treatment of Hand & Wrist Conditions

Including

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes pain and numbness in your hand, and sometimes requires surgery.

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis causes swelling and pain at the base of your thumb.

Wrist Bursitis

Wrist bursitis can cause pain and stiffness if your wrist. Treatment is often non-surgical.

& Many More

Dr. Mehta is experienced in hand and wrist surgery and non-surgical treatments.

Dr. Mehta offers diagnosis and treatment of all hand & wrist conditions and can offer her specialist opinion as an expert hand surgeon.