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Hand and Wrist Surgery

Dr. David Mikolyzk is an orthopaedic surgeon who completed a fellowship in hand and wrist surgery. He specializes in the comprehensive treatment of hand and wrist disorders, offering both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.

He provides care for common upper extremity problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, as well as hand and wrist fractures. He is also proficient in cutting-edge techniques such as small joint replacement, wrist arthroscopy, percutaneous treatment of Dupuytren's disease and microvascular surgery. He has extensive experience in the treatment of complex traumatic hand injuries and also has an interest in sports-related injuries of the hand and wrist. Dr. Mikolyzk understands that hands are essential for daily function, and he is committed to working with patients to achieve the best possible outcome.

Dr. Mikolyzk was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where he attended Plymouth High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, and then completed his orthopaedic residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his fellowship in hand and wrist surgery at the renowned Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Mikolyzk has published many peer-reviewed scientific articles, including publications in prestigious journals such as The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and The Journal of Hand Surgery.

Dr. Mikolyzk specializes in the comprehensive treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow problems. The most common problems he evaluates and treats are the following:

Hand

  • Trigger finger
  • Hand arthritis
  • Hand fractures
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Mucous cysts

Wrist

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thumb arthritis
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Wrist ganglions
  • DeQuervain's tendonitis

Elbow

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
  • Elbow fractures

The most common procedures Dr. Mikolyzk performs are the following:

Hand

  • Trigger finger (A1 pulley) release
  • Dupuytren's release (percutaneous and open)
  • Fixation of hand fractures
  • Mucous cyst excision

Wrist

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Fixation of distal radius fractures
  • Ganglion excision
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Fixation of scaphoid fractures
  • Ligament reconstruction, tendon interposition

Elbow

  • Ulnar nerve decompression
  • Ulnar nerve transposition
  • Fixation of elbow fractures

Medical School

  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Residency

  • Loyola Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Fellowship

  • Mary S. Stern Hand Fellowship, Cincinnati, OH

I had been suffering with trigger thumbs for over 6 months.  On my first visit to Dr. Mikolyzk, I was injected with Cortisone shots to see if it would eliminate the locking.  Unfortunately, the locking came back 2 months after the injections.  Dr. Mikolyzk preformed surgery that relieved the pain and locking almost immediately.  I no longer had to take Tylenol for relief.   Opening jars using pressure is now possible.  I no longer need help with this task.  It has made pulling weeds easier.  I don't know why I waited so long to see the doctor!

Gert B.