Patients who experience an injury of the hand or severe arthritis may be feeling frustrated at their inability to perform daily tasks without pain and discomfort. With some medical conditions, there comes a point where certain treatments and therapies are no longer providing relief from pain and improved functionality. In situations like this, it is vital that patients speak to a professional about their needs and find out if they are viable candidates for UCL surgery.
What is the UCL?
The UCL is the ulnar collateral ligament that connects the bones in the upper arm to the forearm. They help patients maintain the stability and function of their elbows. If torn, it can not only impact the stability of the elbow, but also result in pain that can cause numbness and pain throughout the arm. Some patients may notice gradual increasing pain if any of the surrounding areas are also impacted by arthritis. In situations such as this, many patients can manage their condition with rest, medications, and physical therapy. But what if these no longer work? This may be the point where a patient considers the benefits of hand surgery with an orthopedic surgeon.
What happens during hand surgery?
During hand surgery for UCL tears or arthritis, the doctor will repair the UCL ligament. This reconstruction procedure may also include the use of bone or tissue grafting, depending on the damage that has been caused to UCL and hand area. With a thorough evaluation and imaging tests, the doctor can show the patient the problem they are experiencing and explain how the issue will be resolved with surgery.
In need of hand surgery?
If you reside in the Long Island area and are seeking a solution to hand arthritis or injuries, it may be time to speak to a professional about surgical treatments. At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, we are pleased to provide the best possible care for individuals who are dealing with conditions that impact the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the body. Patients who have experienced significant damage or arthritis in the hand and are seeking an effective surgical procedure to relieve them of pain and improve their range of motion, call (631) 689-6698 to request an appointment at any of our practice locations throughout the area.