Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Tendonitis Surgery


If you have researched your pain, you may have explored DeQuervain’s Tendinitis or trigger finger in addition to ECU Tendonitis. That’s because these conditions, and the pain associated with them, are all similar. You may experience pain and stiffness on the pinky side of your wrist. Your ECU tendon lining may be swollen which is caused due to overuse. You may have tried injections, using a wrist splint, or avoiding using the hand altogether, but now you’re ready to find a long-term solution. Orlando Hand Surgery Associates can relieve your pain with our extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis surgery.

How to Prepare for Surgery

You won’t be able to eat the day you have surgery. You should be able to continue drinking water as normal. Just avoid drinking other beverages, like soda, juice, or milk. We may also ask that you quit taking certain medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs a few days before surgery. Make sure we know what medications you take regularly. Plan to wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to change into after surgery.


This extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery which means you can return home after you wake up from surgery. During this surgery, we will make a small incision on your wrist and locate the tendon causing pain. We may choose to transfer the tendon about an inch closer to the forearm or remove the part of the tendon causing pain due to it breaking down.


After extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis surgery, you will wake up in a splint or cast to help stabilize your wrist and minimize unnecessary movement. You will wear this cast or splint for around four weeks. If necessary we may suggest some movements for you to do at home to aid in your recovery.


By relocating the tendon, it has room to move freely without pain.


Possible complications include infection, blood loss, and nerve damage as with any surgery.


Surgery and physical therapy normally fix the pain and discomfort associated with the wrist.