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 excerices often able to be performed at home. Recovery generally only takes 2-3 weeks and you can return to most activities as tolerated after your first follow up appointment.

Modern Orthopaedics of New Jersey, Wayne, Parsippany, Dr. Peter DeNoble MD and Dr. David Ratliff MD. Orthopedic Surgeons, Hand Surgeon
DRUJ Instability/Arthritis, Ulnocarpal Impaction, DIP Pinning for Mallet Finger


The orthopedic surgeons here are also specially trained in the field of hand and wrist surgery and treat all conditions, from very straightforward to the most complex. Furthermore, we believe that even the simplest problems of the hand and wrist deserve evaluation from a hand specialist who has an expertise in understanding of the intricate anatomy of the hand.

Every Patient Matters

Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.

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