Hand Surgery | DrBurke

Our Greatest Tools

Our hands may be our greatest tools in our daily lives. We all take our hands for granted until there is pain or limited use. Injury, tendinitis, nerve compression, or arthritis may cause pain, numbness, limited motion, or deformity. Our surgeons have more than 20 years’ experience in practice, treating carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cyst, Dupuytren’s, base of the thumb arthritis, fractures, and sports injuries. The Fondren Orthopedic Group also has specialists treating rare and unusual hand conditions, including congenital hand deformities, brachial plexus injuries, and joint replacements. The clinic has all imaging modalities on site for diagnosis, including x-ray, CT scan, and MRI.

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Dr. Burke is experienced and highly credentialed for hand surgery. They have both ABOS board certification and Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand certificates. Dr. Burke is dedicated full-time to the treatment of the hand. Furthermore, he has educated many hand surgeons in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas, however if you’re looking for a hand surgeon in the New York Area then go to https://handsurgeonsnyc.com.
Forms of Hand Surgery:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Thumb Joint Arthritis
  • Finger Joint Replacements
  • Hand and Finger Fractures
  • Ligament Tears of the Thumb
  • Tendon Lacerations
  • Nail Bed Injuries
  • Congenital Hand Deformities

Hand Surgery FAQ’S

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger (or thumb) is the term for a specific catching or locking of a finger when a fist is made. Often it requires using your other hand to unlock the finger, and it is generally painful.

Treatment options:

  • Activity modification
  • Splints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgical Trigger Finger Release

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term for compression of the median nerve through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and hand. Symptoms can include numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers and pain in the hand and wrist.

Treatment options:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hand Therapy
  • Surgical carpal tunnel release

When you will be able to return home?

When you will be able to return home after surgery will depend on how badly your hand was damaged.

You may be able to go home on the same day, once you have recovered from any anaesthetic and arrangements have been made for your aftercare.

How long will I have to wear a splint?

You will usually be advised to wear the splint at all times for three to six weeks, possibly followed by just wearing it at night for a further couple of weeks.

Your hand therapist will advise you about looking after your splint and what to do if you develop any problems with it. It’s important to avoid getting the splint wet, so covering it with a plastic bag while having a bath or shower will usually be recommended.

You will be taught a number of different hand exercises after the operation, either before you leave hospital or at an appointment a few days later. These exercises are designed to prevent the repaired tendons from getting stuck to surrounding tissue, which would reduce your range of hand movements.

What type of sling will I use?

Before you leave hospital, you will be advised about keeping your hand above the level of your heart whenever possible to help reduce swelling. For example, you may be advised to raise your arm on cushions while seated or hold your arm up to your other shoulder while standing and walking.

You will not be able to drive for several weeks after the operation, so you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home from the hospital. If you live on your own and you have had a general anaesthetic, you may be advised to stay in hospital overnight. You may also need to stay overnight if you need hand therapy in hospital before you go home.