About Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is pleased to offer a range of surgical options to treat arthritis in the hand and wrist. Our experienced surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in hand and wrist surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for upper extremity conditions.

What is hand and wrist arthritis surgery?

Arthritis in the hand or wrist can cause serious pain, weakness, and hand deformities that interfere with your everyday tasks. If conservative treatments do not improve your hand or wrist arthritis condition, surgery may be a good option. We offer several surgeries, all of which can offer pain relief, correct deformities, and improve hand function.

What does hand and wrist arthritis surgery involve?

One of our experienced surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work closely with you and your family to determine the best surgical approach for your needs. Depending on the condition being treated, the exact surgical technique will vary, but may include one or more of the following, all of which may be done with wide-awake-hand-surgery :

  • Thumb arthritis surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery for the small joints of the hand
  • Fusion surgery

What does recovery involve?

After surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your hand and wrist during your recovery. Depending on your specific arthritic condition and personal needs, your physician may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Limiting arm, wrist, and hand movement
  • Cast, bandaging, or sling

Why is arthritis surgery performed?

Arthritis can cause a number of painful and debilitating problems with the hands and wrists. When nonsurgical options (such as bracing, injections, and activity modification) fail to control your pain, surgery may be suggested to improve your pain and function. Some of the most common arthritis-related conditions that can be treated with surgery include:

What are the benefits?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Orthopaedic Institute for your osteoarthritis surgery include:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved dexterity following recovery
  • Ability to return to normal activities following rehabilitation
  • Improved range of motion in the hand and wrist


If you believe you may need hand and wrist arthritis surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of hand and wrist conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

John S. Foley, MD
John S. Foley, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 202-444-3668

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Michael William Kessler, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre


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