Skip to main content

Dequervain Release

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about DeQuervain release?

DeQuervain release is surgery to cut the tendon sheath around your inflamed tendon. The tendon sheath forms a smooth tunnel that your tendons slide through when you move your thumb.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she will tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of surgery.

What will happen during surgery?

You may be given anesthesia to numb the surgery area. You may still feel pressure and pushing during surgery, but you should not feel any pain. You may instead be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep during surgery. Your surgeon will make an incision over the wrist near the base of your thumb. He or she will cut the tendon sheath so your tendon can move more freely. He or she will close your incision with stitches or medical tape. Your surgeon may place a bandage over the incision for 24 to 48 hours.

What are the risks of surgery?

You may develop numbness from nerve damage during surgery. Your symptoms may not go away completely. You may develop an infection. The tendons may slip or catch. A large scar may develop. You may have long-term tenderness at or near the surgery area.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.