Doctors will first try non-surgical methods of treatment, such as making you wear a splint, prescribing anti-inflammatory medication orally or by giving you an injection of steroids.
When symptoms persist without improvement, surgery may be recommended. The procedure is minor and is performed as a day surgery case.
Surgery is almost always successful and you will regain normal use of your hand upon recovery.
Occasionally, you may require hand therapy after your surgery to regain normal function of your hand.
Watch this 3D animation video to learn about what happens during a De Quervain tendon release surgery:
Watch this video to learn about post surgery care advice for De Quervain tenosynovitis: