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St. Cloud Surgical Center

Hand & Upper Extremity

To say that the human hand is complex would be an understatement. With 29 major joints, 123 ligaments, 24 muscles, 48 nerves, and 30 arteries, navigating the hand is no small feat. And, they do a lot! We use them for communication, physical touch, heavy lifting, you name it and your hands are most likely involved.

Knowing What to Expect

Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming or scary if you don’t know what to expect. You may have some unanswered questions and worries that make you feel this way. Knowing what to expect will help you feel less nervous and more in control.

Hand-in-Hand at St. Cloud Surgical Center

At St. Cloud Surgical Center, we have some of the best and brightest Doctors of Orthopedics in Central Minnesota on our team. Together, they care for patients with Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Finger, Wrist Fractures, and other hand or upper extremity issues. Physicians from the following practices perform hand and wrist procedures at St. Cloud Surgical Center:

Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions Treated at St. Cloud Surgical Center:


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve running from the forearm to the palm of the hand becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. When someone has CTS, they may experience numbness, weakness, or pain in the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Release is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. Surgery involves severing a ligament around the wrist to reduce pressure and does not require an overnight stay.

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger is a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Trigger Finger can affect any finger, including the thumb, and become severe and leave your finger locked in a bent position. Surgery for a trigger finger requires local anesthetic to numb the area where your surgeon will release the tendon sheath by cutting it. The goal is to allow the tendon to move more easily.

Elbow Procedures

Surgery can be an effective treatment for many elbow conditions, including Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair, Elbow Fracture Repair, Bone Spur Removal, Bursitis Surgery, and Arthritis. Elbow procedures performed at St. Cloud Surgical Center are done as an outpatient procedure. Some procedures may require physical therapy.

Wrist Fractures

A wrist fracture is a break or crack in one or more bones in the wrist. Most wrist injuries occur when people fall and try to catch themselves with an outstretched hand while landing or during sporting activities. Sometimes breaks may be so severe that they require surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will determine the best course of action.

Hardware Removal

Hardware removal surgery is common after a break in the hand or wrist. Your surgeon will take out devices that may include pins, screws, plates, or wires that were being used to hold the bones together. Hardware is often removed due to pain, infection, or to prevent problems with bone growth.

Nerve Repair

Nerve injuries are most common in the upper extremity and can be caused by blunt force trauma, such as a fall, motor vehicle accidents, or sharp trauma, such as a cut from a knife. Significant nerve injuries require immediate attention and in many instances, require surgical intervention to repair the injured nerve.

Request an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to properly evaluate your hand or upper extremity concerns: https://stcsurgicalcenter.com/physicians-outpatient-surgical-services/orthopedic-surgery/