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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


  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • dr henry does an excellent job of explaining the problem and solution, seems extremely competent - 02/07/18
  • I was so impressed that Dr. Henry took so much time with me, explaining the whole process of my injury, what should have happened, and what we can do going forward. Thank you! - 09/28/18
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are phenomenal. Dr. Henry has a gift for not only treating health issues extremely effectively, but he is extremely thorough and very efficient at communication and explaining everything he is doing and all of clearly outlining your options for future procedures. - 05/11/18
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are amazing! I was able to get an urgent new patient appointment immediately with surgery that same afternoon. Dr. Henry does an excellent and thorough job explaining my injury and the healing process. Very impressed with his plan of early mobility and physical therapy, which helped restore my function back to normal within 8 weeks of surgery. I would 100% recommend Dr. Henry and his staff! Very pleased and grateful for his help. - 03/23/18
  • very helpful. staff was very helpful and outstanding. Dr. Henry explained everything to me - 06/19/18
  • Dr. Henry is a tremendous doctor! - 05/22/18
  • I appreciate the expertise and experience of Dr. Henry!!! I know I had the BEST hand surgeon!!! - 05/02/18
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • Great service and attention to patient needs. Staff was very attentive. - 09/17/18
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
  • Awesome facility. Fast results. Thoroughly explained causes of pain, diagnosis and treatment. Staff wonderful. Facility is amazing - 10/10/18
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • Dr. Henry brought me peace of mind about my ganglion cyst recovery, and made the entire process of getting the cyst removed easy and manageable. - 1/11/19
  • Dr.henry knew his stuff. he was friendly but straight to the point. - 09/11/18
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • everyone was very helpful. - 10/02/18
  • The visit was good - 09/27/18
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • you were very good, thank you very much - 05/17/18
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18
  • MD was very thorough and spent a good amount of time with the patient (me). MD had good bedside manners which you do not see from a lot of doctors nowadays. He also made sure everything was understood and that I was given a chance to ask questions or address any concerns I had. Everyone was courteous and professional. Thank you for making mu visit a pleasant one. - 05/02/18
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • love the circus de sole dvd. everything was amazing. rehab was the best too. - 02/23/18
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • Thank you to all. Great Job! - 1/9/19
  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
  • Dr. Henry was great, explained my situation and options to me very well and recommended the best option for me. I appreciated his understanding of my situation and feelings, and offering the best solution for me, very much - 12/14/18
  • This was the best choice I have ever made to have my hard repaired. Doctor Henry and his staff did an outstanding job of giving me the use of my hand back! - 12/12/18
  • I appreciated everyone being friendly and professional and quick and competent at what they do. Dr Henry is straightforward and clear with no extra b/s and I was quite pleased with that. - 09/20/18
  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • Great job your staff is the best,thank you &GOD Bless all of you! - 06/15/18
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • David, Luis and the staff were so helpful and answered all my questions. Highly recommend the facility for any hand surgeries. - 09/27/18
  • Fantastic. Very helpful and considerate staff and manner. Very much appreciated. Fully recommend in for the future. Thanks, Andrew - 09/19/18
  • an experience beyond expectation - 10/06/17
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • Awesome staff. - 09/25/18
  • Great experience on every visit. Doctor Henry's work is fantastic and his explanations are thorough. I recommend him highly whenever the opportunity presents. - 09/26/18
  • Great doctor and good staff - 10/10/18
  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18
  • With the severity of my injury I am amazed at how functional my wrist is with the amazing team work shown at the office. From the very start the service and care have been outstanding!! I can't thank everyone enough! - 02/23/18
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  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • thank you - 10/16/17
  • Visit was pleasant and went smoothly. No complaints. Outstanding service. - 09/14/18
  • great doctor - 05/23/18
  • Thank you for sewing me back together and guiding me through my recovery!!! - 05/15/18
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • every body was excelent - 01/09/18
  • Thank you all very much, Everyone was kind and helpful. Dr. Henry did excellent in always explaining the process of the care as well as the injury itself. - 12/14/18
  • 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
  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17










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