De Quervain's Stenosing Tenosynovitis

De Quervain's disease is characterised by pain in the thumb and the thumb side of the wrist especially when making a fist and bending the fist in the direction of the little finger. The pain is caused by swelling of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist.

Splinting of the thumb and wrist and anti-inflammatory medication may help, but if symptoms do not improve, surgery is indicated to open up the compartment surrounding the tendons. Surgery will be done in hospital as a day only procedure. The hand is then splinted for two weeks and combined with hand therapy , normal function of the hand will be attained.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. If you would like to know more, please contact us on (02) 9868 5155 to arrange an appointment or e-mail any enquiries to Dr Peter Haertsch.