Clare K. McCarthy, MD

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The location of your surgery depends on the procedure that is planned and on your health status. Further details can be discussed with Dr. McCarthy and her care team at your appointment.

Procedures done under workers compensation will need to be approved prior to surgery being scheduled.

Dupuytren’s contractures can be a disabling problem. The fascia in the palm of your hand contracts your finger or fingers into a fixed flexion deformity. An enzyme has been developed that can dissolve the deforming tissue and help you regain your finger extension without a surgical procedure. I have injected more than 100 patients with Xiaflex® and encourage you to come in to see if it is the right treatment choice for you.

An endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ECTR) is a 20-minute procedure that involves 2 incisions–one for the skin and one for the ligament, which is cut through a scope. I have been performing the ECTR since its inception in the early 1990’s and have also been a surgeon educator of the technique. I have performed more than 3,000 ECTRs.

Arthritis at the base of the thumb (also called basal joint or CMC arthritis) is very common in women who are in their 50’s and older. The pain can interfere with the simplest pinching activities, such as turning your key in a lock or opening your water bottle. There are many treatment options, including strengthening exercises, braces, steroid injections and even joint replacement. The surgical procedure for a joint replacement involves removing the trapezium, the small bone at the base of the thumb, and replacing it with a soft tissue graft. The result is a pain-free, functional pinch.

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Please bring any imaging studies or other tests that you have had related to your condition. This includes X–rays, EMGs, MRIs, bone scans, CT scans, blood work results and pathology or operative reports. Please also bring your insurance card and a photo ID.