What is De Quervain’s Release? 

De Quervain’s Release is a surgical procedure to treat de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, when possible, as this minimizes the side effects associated with general anesthesia and quicken recovery.  During surgery, an incision is created in the skin on the side of the wrist near the base of the thumb. The tight band over the swollen part of the tendon is opened, allowing the tendon to move freely. The incision will then be closed with stitches.  

De Quervain’s Release Recovery 

Following surgery, your thumb and wrist will be sore and swollen, and numbness or tingling may temporarily be felt near the incision site. Stitches will be removed 1-2 weeks after surgery. In some cases, you may need to wear a splint on your hand for 1-4 weeks. It can take 6-12 weeks for your hand to completely heal following surgery, after which you will be able to move your thumb and wrist without pain.  

When you can return to work will depend on your profession and what it entails. If you can do your job without using your hand, you may be able to return after a few days. However, if your job requires you to use your hand, repeat hand or wrist movements, or lift things, you may need to take more time off. Overall, your surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding aftercare and when you can return to regular activities.  

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about de Quervain’s release surgery, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon areas.

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