Minimally invasive surgery use smaller incisions than traditional open surgical techniques. This advanced procedure also causes less pain and allows you to recover faster and more easily. More invasive surgeries would require that you wear a splint during recovery, but the newer methods we perform at MedStar Washington Hospital Center allow you to return to a full range of motion without a splint immediately following surgery.
Additional benefits include:
- Less risk of scarring
- Less sensitivity around the scar
- Faster return to function
- Less stiffness during healing
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The orthopaedic surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center have unique expertise in minimally invasive surgery. We also specialize in revision surgeries to improve outcomes from unsuccessful procedures done elsewhere. Most of our mininmally invasive nerve surgery doctors have advanced fellowship training and care exclusively for problems like yours.
When you visit with us, we will spend time discussing your problem and how it affects your regular activities. After completing a thorough diagnosis, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will effectively restore your function, minimize your pain, and feel appropriate for the demands of your daily life. We are always willing to think outside the box to develop a solution that will work for you.
We can use minimally invasive surgery to treat conditions including:
- Hand nerve injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Tendon injuries
- Tumors and cysts
Minimally Invasive Surgery Recovery
Minimally invasive nerve surgery is beneficial because it causes less pain and offers a faster recovery than traditional surgical procedures. Many people can return to a full range of motion within hours or days of the procedure. You may experience some stiffness or swelling that can take additional time to fully disappear. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery with you prior to your surgery.
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Learn more about Peter Fitzgibbons, MD, a hand surgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.