Hand Surgery | Conditions & Treatment | Belfast Skin Clinic

At the Belfast Skin Clinic, our highly skilled plastic surgeons perform a wide range of hand surgeries for a variety of conditions. Our team of experts support you from your very first consultation, through surgery and in post-operative care to ensure optimal recovery. Where appropriate, we arrange nerve conduction studies and physiotherapy with splinting to ensure optimal restoration of function.

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Hand surgery overview

Your hands are made up of a complicated network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, which can be prone to a number of different conditions. When this happens, you may require surgery to correct the issue.

The development of certain hand conditions, such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, Dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger or ganglion cysts, can lead to hand pain and restricted movement, for which surgery may also be required.

Types of hand surgery

Types of hand surgery offered at the Belfast Skin Clinic, include the following:

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, pain and tingling in your hand and fingers, due to pressure on a nerve, called the median nerve, in your wrist. By using a specialist type of hand surgery known as carpal tunnel release, the surgeon cuts the ligament pressing on the nerve in the wrist, helping relieve the pressure and alleviate these symptoms.

  • Uses local anaesthetic for same-day return home

  • Relief from symptoms

  • Minimally-invasive treatment

De Quervain’s release surgery

A painful condition which causes pain and limited movement alongside the thumb side of your wrist, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is often caused as a result of overusing the wrist. Surgery involves making an incision near the base of the thumb and releasing the tight tendons to relieve pressure and alleviate pain.

  • Rapid pain relief

  • Uses local anaesthetic for same-day return home

  • High success rates

Dupuytren’s contracture Release

Dupuytren’s contracture is an abnormal thickening of the palm’s tissues, which restricts the movement of your fingers. At Belfast Skin Clinic, we can treat this condition by surgically removing the thickened tissue, helping improve mobility and function.

  • Uses local anaesthetic for same-day return home

  • Prevents permanent fixed position of the fingers

  • Enhanced mobility and function

Ganglion cyst surgery

Ganglion cysts are benign fluid-filled swellings commonly found near the wrist, finger or hand joints. Ganglion cysts can cause pain, discomfort and limited mobility. Treatment options include aspiration to drain the cyst, (but they may refill) or surgery to remove the cysts to help alleviate any painful symptoms.

  • Minimally invasive procedure, same day return home

  • Low risk of complications

  • Effective pain relief

Trigger finger Release

Trigger finger is a condition that occurs when the flexor tendon in the finger becomes inflamed and causes the finger to lock or catch when bending or straightening. Surgery involves releasing the tight portion of the tendon sheath, by making a small incision into the palm of your hand and removing any fibrous tissue in the tendon itself. This alleviates the triggering and restores normal finger movement.

  • Uses local anaesthetic for same-day return home

  • Minimally invasive

  • Improved hand and finger mobility

Consultations at the Belfast Skin Clinic

At the Belfast Skin Clinic, our skilled surgeons are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care. From in depth preoperative consultations to post-operative rehabilitation, a personalised treatment plan is tailored to each individual’s specific needs. All our hand surgeries are performed under local anaesthetic. Where appropriate nerve conduction studies are undertaken to assess the function of the nerves in the hand before and after surgery.

Postoperatively, physiotherapy exercises and splints where appropriate are crucial for optimising recovery

If you are experiencing hand-related issues, we invite you to book a consultation with one of the plastic surgeons. They will be able to assess your condition and create a personalised treatment plan to suit your needs.

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Benefits of hand surgery

Having hand surgery can offer many benefits, especially in terms of combating the symptoms associated with certain conditions. Benefits of hand surgery can include: 

  • Effective pain relief
  • Enhanced overall quality of life
  • Improved hand and wrist mobility
  • Increased hand and wrist function

Recovering from hand surgery

After you have hand surgery, you should try and move your hand as soon as possible. While it’s normal to feel tenderness or experience some swelling, these can both be alleviated by keeping your hand elevated to reduce inflammation. 

Your incisions from the surgery will also heal within a few weeks. However, it can take several months before your full hand function and mobility are completely restored.


If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved with having hand surgery, listed below are some of the questions we are most commonly asked.

How much does hand surgery cost?

The cost of hand surgery will depend on the type of surgery you need to undergo. Prices start from £1,445.

If required, the option of a payment plan is available. 

We accept self-funded and privately insured patients, as well as patients using the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NIPHS).  

What are the risks of hand surgery?

All surgical procedures have risks, but our highly skilled surgeons use their wealth of experience to minimise them as much as possible. Some of the potential risks associated with hand surgery can include: 

  • Infection
  • Risk of recurrence (depending on the condition)

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