De Quervain Syndrome

What is De Quervain Syndrome?

De Quervain syndrome occurs when there is a compression (stenosis) of the tendons to the thumb (called tenosynovitis). This compression occurs on the back of the wrist causing pain with certain thumb and wrist movements.

How is it treated non-operatively?

De Quervain syndrome can be treated non-operatively with a course of anti-inflammatory medications, splinting of the thumb and wrist, and injections of corticosteroid.

How is it treated operatively?

If non-operative management is unsuccessful, Dr Yu may recommend surgery. This operation involves a small cut (incision) on the thumb side of the wrist to release the two tendons from their constrictive sheaths. After the operation, you will be allowed to move and use the thumb as normal.

My goals as a surgeon are to relieve your pain, restore your function, and return you back to doing what you love.

– Dr Raymond Yu

  • Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Adelaide Shoulder Surgeon

Dr Raymond Yu

Dr Raymond Yu is an Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon with post-Fellowship expertise in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
He specialises in orthopaedic surgery of the Shoulder and Upper Limb with a focus on modern keyhole and minimally-invasive techniques.
Dr Yu has a special passion for:

  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder stabilisation surgery

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