Hand & Wrist

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is where there is inflammation of the sheath of the tendons that run between the thumb and wrist.

About De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is usually diagnosed with clinical assessment. However, an ultrasound or MRI may also be required. 

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is mainly pain over the thumb side of the wrist. This pain may develop suddenly or gradually and can be worse with use of the hand and/or the thumb.

There may also be reduced movement in the thumb due to the pain and swelling in the tendons. 

Treatment Options

Risks & Concerns

The associated risks of surgery include;

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  •  Risk of anaesthetic
  • Recurrence

If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Mr. Lawson-Smith’s staff with ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.

If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.


Mr Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. Mr. Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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