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De-quervain’s Tendon Release
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to relieve pain caused by inflammation of a muscle and tendon compartment associated with the thumb. A small incision is made over the compartment near the wrist. A careful dissection is carried out to expose the tendon compartment. The soft tissue layers making up the compartment are cut and divided to free up the tendons. The tendons are examined to ensure they are mobile and uninhibited by additional compartments. If other soft tissue compartments are identified around specific tendons, they are also released.

Common Questions about De-Quervain’s Tendon Release

How is a De-Quervain’s tendon release performed?

A De-Quervain’s tendon release is performed by making a small incision near the thumb. Soft tissue surrounding the tendon are cut, freeing the tendon.

What are is the rehabilitation process after De-quervain’s tendon release?

One to two weeks after the procedure, your doctor will remove the sutures. Physical therapy is then recommended to recover range of motion and strength. It may take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to return to full activity.

Can you drive after a De-Quervain’s tendon release?

For most De-Quervain’s tendon releases, it’s possible to drive once opioids are no longer being taken.

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