De Quervain’s Release

A procedure in which the first dorsal compartment on the thumb side of the wrist is released.

De Quervain’s Release

If a patient has attempted conservative management and failed to achieve pain relief, they may be a candidate for a first dorsal compartment release. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. It involves an incision over the thumb side of the wrist. The first dorsal compartment will be identified and released to open the tunnel and free the tendons. After surgery, a splint may be applied for about one week to rest the wrist. After one week, the splint is removed and you will begin to regain your motion and strength with a series of hand and wrist exercises often able to be performed at home. Recovery generally only takes two to three weeks, and you can return to most activities as tolerated after your first follow up appointment.

DRUJ Instability/Arthritis, Ulnocarpal Impaction, DIP Pinning for Mallet Finger


Our world-class orthopedic surgeons have years of experience treating wrist conditions. We believe that even the simplest problems should be evaluated by a specialist.

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As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free. 

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