Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice

Hand Surgery
Scottsdale, AZ
23 years experience male

Locations

Fitzmaurice Hand Institute

Scottsdale, AZ

Address

8841 E Bell road, Suite 102, Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona

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Medicare

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About

Bio

I am a board certified hand surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hand & peripheral nerve surgery. We have developed the EndoTech® endoscopic hand surgery instrumentation which is used to treat common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tennis elbow and others using the most advanced and smaller cameras possible. These new techniques cause the least amount of trauma and enable the quickest recovery time without the complications seen with other endoscopic procedures. We also specialize in regenerative medical procedures such as arthroscopic joint reconstruction using stem cell techniques.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hand Surgery

Anti-Aging Medicine

Licenses

United States: Arizona

Doctor Q&A

99 Answers
66 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Excision of cyst: Ganglion cysts can be associated with pain and are easily removed. Surgeons can remove them with an open or arthroscopic technique. I personally prefe... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The bi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: If a patient is prone to carpal tunnel syndrome then any activity which causes excessive pressure within the carpal tunnel such as flexion, extension,... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: This is most likely a nerve compression such as carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel syndrome. An evaluation by a hand surgeon with appropriate testing for... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several reasons: Pain in the wrist without swelling can come from several areas. If this pain is persistent despite some rest and anti inflammatories then an evaluatio... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: I would recommend seeing a hand surgeon if you are experiencing persistent pain to the hand.
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: These are commonly associated conditions and they can certainly be treated at the same time using either a traditional open incision or minimally inv... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Many factors: This is a questions that should be answered by the surgeons financial counselor staff. It depends on the fee from the surgeon and wether it is perform... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: This depends on what type of fracture and how long ago the fracture had occurred. Also if you have already had treatment and are still in pain> If ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several treatments: There are several treatment options other than surgery that can help. Only Splinting, steroids (both oral and injected) and anti inflammatories have d... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on surgery: I assume you are talking about Cubital tunnel release. There are a few options for treatment including endoscopic and open surgery. I perform an endos... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: It can certainly reappear if the treatment was conservative management including nsaids, splints, steroid injections. If the symptoms continue you may... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Varies on procedure: The traditional open procedures usually require 6-8 weeks of full recovery. The endoscopic techniques offer a faster recovery within a few weeks. In m... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression : Numbness to the small and ring finger is often due to nerve compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow called cubital tunnel syndrome. A hand surgeon... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Yes playing instruments can certainly aggravate or cause carpal tunnel syndrome. I see this in guitarists, drummers, pianists and any other instrument... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: The pressure on the nerve is relieved after performing the carpal tunnel surgery. This pressure inside the carpal tunnel is returned to a normal level... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Usually not much: This depends on the type of surgery. Endoscopic surgery typically has less pain. I perform these and more than 50% of my patients don't even take a pr... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Minimally invasive: Endoscopy refers to the use of small cameras placed inside your body to perform the procedure. for example, endoscopic carpal tunnel site the transver... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several ingredients: There are a few ingredients that have been well documented at enhancing nerve regeneration and providing overall nerve support. Vit B12 (methylcobola... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Natural healing: Stem cell therapy involves using stem cells from a variety of sources including your own body (autologous) and other peoples tissue (allogenic). We al... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
CTR: It is called a carpal tunnel release. This procedure can be performed with a typical open approach using an incision down the palm or endoscopic techn... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes. Surgery can include the traditional open procedure and newer endoscopic options that can reduce pain and recovery. both procedures release the tr... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Needs evaluation: Symptoms of left sided pain and numbness in the arm can often be confused with a heart attack. However, it is critical that any symptoms of left arm p... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Numbness: Numbness in the hands may be caused from compression at several areas including the neck and carpal tunnel. A detailed exam with nerve study will help... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: Certainly nerve compression such as carpal tunnel syndrome can cause left arm pain which radiates into the fingers. However, left sided only pain is a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
The following day: I perform an endoscopic approach for this procedure and allow patients to drive the following day. I know other doctors who perform open technique and... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Stem cell work can lead to increase cartilage thickening based on second look arthroscopy and MRI studies. However, the major effect of stem cell trea... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on treatment: With the traditional procedures it is usually within 2 weeks however with some of the minimal invasive procedures such as endoscopic or percutaneous p... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on surgery: This can depend on the surgery (an open procedure or a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure). I perform a specific type of endoscopic procedure and... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: There has been new research demonstrating an increased risk of trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The release of the thick ligament which is ... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Needs evaluation: Pain in this location can occur with several conditions including arthritis at the base of the thumb (cmc joint) and carpal tunnel syndrome. A proper ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Hand surgeon: There are several issues that could cause your symptoms. The best care would be to have a hand surgeon evaluate you with additional imaging such as an... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nutrition: Proper nutrition can be critical to minimize risk. This includes checking vitamin d to make sure it is sufficient (> 40 ng/ml). Also check your ome... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Hand specialist: I would recommend a hand specialist. There can several injuries to this finger and or joint including not only fracture of the bone but also ligament ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Needs evaluation: This can certainly be caused from a pinched nerve however given the symptoms of left sided arm and chest pain i would recommend a cardiac evaluation t... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Very good success: Trigger finger surgery involves releasing the tight tunnel the tendon travels through to minimize any discomfort or popping sensation when moving your... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Rapid but varies: The usual recovery is very quick and occurs over the first several weeks but can vary on surgeon experience and endoscopic technique. In my practice I... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Sometimes: Surgery has excellent results in relieving trigger finger. occasionally patients will respond to conservative management such as steroid injections an... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Symptoms and exam: Symptoms of carpal tunnel tunnel syndrome are typically numbness to the thumb, index and middle finger. You may also have pain and weakness in the han... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Treatment for arthritis really depends on the amount of symptoms you have. If the symptoms are severe and limiting function then surgical options are ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Many things: There are a number of factors that can either cause or significantly exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is caused by an increase in pre... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: Tingling of the arms and hands is usually caused by a nerve compression syndrome, however a detailed evaluation by a hand surgeon or neurologist with ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: This appears to be normal healing process after an injury called echymosis. A purple color a few days after an injury is followed by green, yellow an... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
several factors increase risk. female, older age, repetitive activity requiring high force, medical conditions such as diabetes and hypothyroidism or ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several reasons : There are several reasons for a particular finger to be numb after surgery, however, you sound like you just had surgery within 24 hours so I would le... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Usually none: Carpal tunnel surgery is often a very effective and safe procedure especially when performed by highly experienced hand surgeons. There is always the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: I have treated several professional musicians for thumb arthritis using a minimally invasive technique (arthroscopic hemitrpeziectomy) along with stem... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Yes. There is plenty of good data to suggest obtaining stem cells from from bone marrow and adipose tissue can improve knee pain from arthritis. First... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Possible cts: Pain in the wrist and fingers associated with pressure when making a fist can certainly be caused from carpal tunnel syndrome. An evaluation by a hand... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Endoscopic surgery: There have been some advances in surgical treatment including endoscopic surgery. This involves a single minimal incision in the palm and the remainin... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Sep 18, 2013
Dr. Fitzmaurice was integrally involved in helping care for one of my patients with a diagnostically challenging precancerous growth on the finger. The patient did very well and felt very confident w...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fitzmaurice is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fitzmaurice is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was reading your comment about nerve pain. I've had this nerve pain for full year now and the only thing that releaves it is compression.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much, I've recommended your advice to my father.
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Thanks for your quick reply! My Dr just confirm that he think is carpal tunnel syndrome

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Richland Memorial Hospital

Awards

Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, Arizona - Summer
2013
Top Hand Surgeon , Second Place, National - Fall
2014
TOP HAND SURGEON, First Place, Arizona - 2018

Affiliations

American Association for Surgery of the hand
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Publications

Endoscopic-Assisted Decompression for Pronator Syndrome
A novel approach for the application of the vacuum assisted closure device to the difficult anatomy
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