De Quervain’s Release

Surgical release of the tight covering of the affected tendon eliminates the friction that causes inflammation, restoring the tendons’ smooth gliding capability. Surgery for de Quervain’s disease is an outpatient procedure.

After surgery, your doctor will recommend an exercise program to strengthen your thumb and wrist. Recovery times vary, depending on your age, general health, and how long the symptoms have been present.

In people whose disease has developed gradually, de Quervain’s is usually more resistant to treatment. For these people, it may take longer to find relief.