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Orthopaedic Surgery

Hand and Upper Extremity

Proper functioning of the upper extremity is necessary for many of the activities of daily living we take for granted. Writing, grabbing, driving or lifting would be severely limited were it not for the correct performance of the muscles, nerves, joints and bones of the upper extremity.

Endoscopic surgery offers relief to patients suffering from severe carpal tunnel syndrome. This is one of the most common procedures performed by BMC’s orthopaedic hand surgeons. BMC’s Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Scott Duncan, MD, MPH, MBA explains the procedure, and the common causes and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The design of the hands and upper extremity and its daily use – and abuse – leaves this area of the human body highly vulnerable to injury. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one-third of all acute injuries treated in emergency rooms involve the upper extremities.

Many of the injuries to the upper extremity (generally consisting of the hands, shoulders and elbow) can be treated without surgery, and our physicians explore every non-operative option before considering surgical intervention. However, there are cases in which surgery is the only appropriate treatment. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in hand and shoulder surgery and have extensive expertise in the care of the upper extremity.

Should surgery become the right choice, our surgeons are trained to effectively correct problems related to:


Carpal tunnel syndrome 
Cubital tunnel syndrome
DeQuervains' tendonitis 
Flexor tendon injuries 
Ganglion of the wrist 
Mallet finger
Nerve injuries
Osteoarthritis of the hand 
Osteoarthritis of the thumb 
Osteoarthritis of the wrist 
Trigger finger

Shoulder and Elbow

Biceps tendon rupture
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) 
Osteoarthritis of the elbow 
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
Osteoarthritis - Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
Rotator cuff tears 
Shoulder dislocations
Shoulder instability

Meet Our Hand Surgeons

Andrew Stein, MD


Call: 844.830.3973
Fax: 617.414.5226

Boston Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
Shapiro Center
4th Floor, Suite 4B
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

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