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Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgery

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If you're experiencing pain in your hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder, even everyday tasks like brushing your teeth can be difficult.

Our team of specialists includes board-certified orthopedists who have also received advanced fellowship training and are dedicated to the care of the broad range of conditions that may cause pain in your hands or upper extremities.

We treat:

  • Injuries to the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder
  • Fractures and tendon injuries to the hand and upper extremity
  • Sports-related injuries, including those to pitchers and other throwing athletes
  • Chronic or degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis or tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Common wear and tear conditions brought on by aging or overuse

We offer the most advanced surgical techniques, including highly complex reconstructive procedures, such as joint replacements in the elbow and shoulder and microsurgical nerve reconstructions. We also provide nonsurgical treatments.

Our expert and experienced hand therapists greatly improve recovery of both nonsurgical and postsurgical patients. Our hand therapists hold advanced certifications and have many years of experience treating a variety of common and complex hand conditions.

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Extended weekday hours for orthopedic injuries

Our physicians are available at the Indian Creek Campus Monday-Friday until 7 pm, by appointment, to care for your urgent orthopedic or sports injuries.

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Common procedures

Common conditions

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Expert care for rheumatoid arthritis

The University of Kansas Health System offers comprehensive care for rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to rheumatologists, our collaborative care team includes specialists who can treat joint problems as well as specialists who can address related conditions in other parts of the body.

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Our specialists

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Tommy John Surgery

Vincent Key, MD, an orthopedic sports medicine physician at The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center, explains Tommy John surgery and offers advice to parents of young baseball pitchers.