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Hand and Upper Extremity Care

The bones in our hands may not be the largest in our bodies, but they are certainly among the most important. 

Eating. Getting dressed. Washing your hair. Opening a door. We take all these things for granted until something goes wrong. That’s where Ochsner’s Hand and Upper Extremity Center team comes in.

Ochsner’s Hand and Upper Extremity Center is home to a compassionate, highly skilled, integrated team that specializes in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery in adults and children.

The team includes specially trained orthopedic and plastic surgeons, advanced practice providers, orthopedic nurses, a certified hand therapist and an occupational therapist. They work together to relieve your discomfort and help you return to your everyday activities with the highest level of functionality possible.

Our doctors treat conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and trigger finger. They also treat conditions such a baby born with an extra finger or webbed hands. They use injection therapies such as embryonic stem cells to stimulate healing, speed rehabilitation and lessen scarring in surgery.

Ochsner accepts most major insurances. View insurances accepted at Ochsner.

Patients with the most complex hand conditions are referred to the Ochsner Hand and Upper Extremity Center.

We offer conservative as well as surgical solutions for the following hand conditions:

  • Congenital hand and wrist problems – including cerebral palsy, webbed, crooked hand
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger – contracted fingers and painful locking of fingers
  • Dupuytren’s contracture – a condition that causes one or more fingers to bend; a treatment option offered is Xiaflex
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis – condition affected tendons of the wrist
  • Tendonitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Muscle and tendon ruptures
  • Single and recurring dislocations of wrist, thumb and fingers
  • Fractures of the hand and wrist, from simple to complex
  • Nerve injuries of the hand and wrist
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Sports and work-related hand and wrist problems
  • Complex reconstructive problems of the hand and wrist in all age groups
  • Reconstructive microsurgery of the hand and wrist
  • Arthroscopic wrist procedures
  • Wrist replacements
  • Finger joint replacements
  • Sympathectomy - surgery for vascular issues in the hand

Patients with the most complex shoulder conditions are referred to the Ochsner Hand and Upper Extremity Center.

We offer conservative as well as surgical solutions for the following shoulder conditions:

  • Fractures of the humerus, clavicle and scapula
  • Disorders of the rotator cuff
  • Arthritic conditions of the shoulder
  • Bursitis, tendonitis, calcium deposits, advanced arthritis, tumors, rotator cuff tears and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Single and recurring dislocations of the shoulder
  • Muscle and tendon ruptures
  • Fractures of the shoulder, simple to complex
  • Nerve injuries of the shoulder
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Congenital shoulder problems
  • Sports and work-related shoulder problems
  • Complex reconstructive problems of the shoulder in all age groups
  • Arthroscopic shoulder problems
  • Shoulder replacements

Patients with the most complex elbow conditions are referred to the Ochsner Hand and Upper Extremity Center.

We offer conservative as well as surgical solutions for the following elbow conditions:

  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Advanced arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Muscle and tendon ruptures
  • Single and recurring dislocations of the elbow
  • Fractures of the elbow, from simple to complex
  • Nerve injuries of the elbow
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Congenital elbow problems
  • Contractures around the elbow
  • Sports and work-related elbow problems
  • Complex reconstructive problems of the elbow in all age groups
  • Arthroscopic elbow procedures
  • Elbow replacements
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome

Ochsner’s Hand and Upper Extremity Center also offers cosmetic procedures to keep your hands looking their best as you age.

If your hands are wrinkled and thin, have age spots or prominent veins and tendons, you may want to consider techniques designed to make your hands smoother, fuller and more youthful.

Please note, cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.

Ochsner’s Hand and Upper Extremity clinics are located in New Orleans, Kenner, Luling, Baton Rouge, Covington and Lafayette.

For a consultation or second opinion, call 1-866-624-7637.

To obtain copies of patient records, schedule clinic appointments and to share your preference for receiving post visit follow-up from your patient's appointment, call the Clinic Concierge, our dedicated physician referral line, at 504-842-7436 or 1-855-312-4190.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Hand and Upper Extremity Care

Hand and Upper Extremity Care Locations

Elite Training Complex – Burbank
5444 Burbank Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital
2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • : 3:32 p.m.-3:32 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Elmwood
1201 South Clearview Parkway , Building B
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
1978 Industrial Blvd.
Houma, LA 70363
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7