C.V. Starr Hand and Upper Extremity Center

If you have an injury or condition affecting your hand, wrist, or elbow, it can be painful and frustrating. Fortunately, Mount Sinai West’s hand surgeons can help. Our experts hold Certificates of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and have pioneered new minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Service has been at the forefront of hand, wrist, and elbow care since 1952, and we have one of the oldest teaching fellowships in the country for hand surgery. Our hand surgeons also conduct research and routinely publish in medical journals and textbooks, bringing their knowledge and expertise to you in the exam room. Unlike many hand surgery specialists, we also treat children and teens.

Conditions We Treat

Our hand surgeons specialize in problems of the hand, wrist, and elbow, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital differences of the hand and upper limbs
  • deQuervain’s tendonitis
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Fractures and dislocations of the hand, wrist and elbow
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Skier’s thumb
  • Sports injuries and trauma
  • Sprains and strains
  • Peripheral nerve compression
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Trigger finger

Treatment Options

Non-surgical treatments are our first approach:

  • Medications, such as low-dose oral steroids, cortisone injections, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, may be used to treat many hand injuries, sometimes in conjunction with a splint or therapy.
  • Splints and braces can help with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, extensor tendon injuries, fractures, and other hand and wrist injuries.
  • Physical and occupational therapy by certified hand therapists may be used as part of treatment or as rehabilitation following surgery.

If hand surgery becomes necessary, you can receive the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures available. Some of our surgical treatment options include:

  • Repair and reconstruction of severe fractures
  • Tendon or ligament reconstruction
  • Surgery to decompress the median nerve for carpal tunnel syndrome relief
  • Surgery for severe tendonitis
  • Microsurgical replantation for severe trauma to the hand and/or fingers

Hand and Upper Extremity Doctors