An Oxford-based upper limb specialist offering expert assessment and treatment for conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including arthritis, sports injuries, fractures, tendon disorders, scaphoid non-union, carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren's contracture.
Mr Chris Little is Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and in the Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He offers private treatment for hand and wrist problems at the Nuffield Manor Hospital in Headington, Oxford.
A specialist in hand and wrist surgery
Trained in Bristol, Oxford and Birmingham, Mr Little is a fellowship-trained specialist in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. He has been based at the internationally renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford since 2006, and has a particular expertise in the treatment of hand and wrist injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren's contracture using the latest arthroscopic (keyhole) and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Hand and wrist conditions treated by Mr Chris Little
Mr Little offers expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including:
- Hand and wrist injuries (including fracture mal-union and scaphoid non-unions)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome
- Tendon disorders
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Bone and soft tissue tumours
- Trigger finger
- Ganglion cyst
Expert treatment for scaphoid fractures of the wrist
The scaphoid is a small bone located at the base of the thumb just above the radius bone of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends. Injuries to the scaphoid are very common, often occurring when a hand is put out to break a fall. Symptoms that the scaphoid has been damaged include pain and swelling at the base of the thumb, although in some cases the pain is not severe and may be mistaken for a sprain. It should be noted, however, that simple sprains to the wrist are rare and that if the pain does not resolve quickly following an injury, a doctor's opinion should be sought.
Actively involved in clinical research into the management of scaphoid fractures, Mr Little offers expert assessment and treatment for the condition. He is particularly skilled in the treatment of scaphoid non-union, which occurs if the fracture is not treated in time or if the fracture is the middle of the scaphoid bone where there is an inadequate blood supply.
Carpal tunnel release surgery in Oxford
Characterised by pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hands and fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition caused when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. In many cases the reasons for the nerve compression are not obvious, although the condition is associated with injuries to the wrist, repetitive movements of the wrist, some health conditions, pregnancy and a family history of CTS.
Many cases of CTS spontaneously resolve themselves and a range of non-surgical treatments such as splints and steroid injections can be used to treat mild or moderate symptoms. However, persistent and severe cases of CTS may require surgical treatment.
Mr Little is highly experienced in carpal tunnel release surgery. In a short procedure lasting approximately twenty minutes and performed using local anaesthetic, he makes a small incision in the wrist and cuts the ligament that forms the top of the tunnel that the median nerve runs through (the carpal tunnel), relieving the pressure on the median nerve.
The majority of patients make a good recovery following carpal tunnel release surgery, and Mr Little is happy to discuss patient suitability for the procedure and any possible complications at consultation.
Mr Chris Little is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health
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