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DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition often caused by repetitive motion or injury. If left untreated, the symptoms of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis may become permanent, and patients are left searching for answers. For patients in the Las Vegas area, Dr. Engineer and the team at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery can offer a safe, effective, and lasting surgical solution for sufferers of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis: tendon release surgery. Join us for a comprehensive, personal consultation to discover if this option may be the right one for you.

Diagnosing DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

Symptoms of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis may include:

  • Pain in the thumb and wrist
  • A catching or clicking sound or feeling
  • Numbness
  • Swelling at the base of the thumb

While DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is most common in women over 40 whose job or hobby requires repetitive motions, it can happen to anyone. Your doctor will likely perform a physical examination and use the Finkelstein's test to diagnose DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis.

Non-Surgical Treatments for DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

Once diagnosed, there are several options for treatment. These may include:

  • Rest
  • Icing or the use of heat
  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use of a splint

However, for patients with severe DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, these non-surgical treatments may not be entirely effective. Sometimes, they are temporarily effective, but DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis often recurs. Other times, symptoms never completely resolve.

For these patients, Dr. Engineer is able to offer what may be a more lasting and effective treatment: tendon release surgery for DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis.

Tendon Release for DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

During your in-person consultation, Dr. Engineer will spend the necessary time to truly understand your situation and goals, as he does with each of his Las Vegas area patients. It is always his intention to create the best, safest, and most effective surgical plan for your specific needs.

The underlying cause of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is two tendons at the base of the thumb that have become swollen and inflamed, causing your pain, numbness, and swelling. During tendon release surgery, the surgeon makes a small incision in the tendon sheath, allowing more space for the tendons, with the expected result of relieving pain and discomfort.

Why choose Dr. Engineer for DeQuervian Tenosynovitis treatment? 

Although it is a relatively short procedure with minimal recovery times, there are still risks associated with undergoing tendon release for DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis. It is of the utmost importance to select a licensed fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with additional training and expertise in hand and upper extremity surgery to have the best chance of achieving your objectives.

Dr. Engineer has already helped many patients in the Las Vegas area to free themselves from the pain of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis through tendon release surgery. His compassionate demeanor, professional acumen, hand surgery experience, and many years of training may make him the best choice for you.

Join us at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery for a personal consultation and you will have the opportunity to explain your goals, review your best options, and gain a dedicated physician on your healing journey with Dr. Engineer.

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