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THUMB LIGAMENTS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Thumb Ligament RepairThe ligaments that stabilize the thumb where it meets the hand can be torn either partially or completely. The ligament on the inside of this group is critical for all pinch and grasp functions. If it heals loose or fails to heal, the function of that hand can become terribly incapacitated.

MEDICAL HISTORY

Patients usually can name the specific event that caused the injury, noting pain, swelling, stiffness and sometimes deformity immediately after. Failure to pinch or grasp without the thumb giving way may be obvious to the patient.

EXAMINATION

Visible swelling, loss of motion, and tenderness are usually present. The key to the examination is specific testing of the ligament's function under stress.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: Plain x-rays are taken to prove that there are no associated fractures.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL REPAIR SURGICAL RECONSTRUCTION
CONSISTS OF Splint immobilization Tacking the ligament back to its original location Rebuilding the ligament using a graft
FEATURES 4-6 weeks of protection of the thumb only Outpatient surgery, temporary pin across joint x 4 weeks Slender tendon strip used to reconnect the attachments made by the previous ligament
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery Solid healing with original ligament Effective up to any time point after injury
DISADVANTAGES Not effective when ligament displace


  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
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  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
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  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • thank you - 02/09/17
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17
  • some of the most friendly staff and the doctor always explained the information in a manner in which I could understand which always made it very helpful. will definitely recommend this location to family and friends. - 05/31/17
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  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17










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