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Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice

Hand Surgery
Scottsdale, AZ
22 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

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

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona

Cigna

Health Net of Arizona

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
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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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: You can certainly have a ganglion cyst located in that region. This would more than likely be associated with the tendon sheath that helps move the th... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: The nerve study can determine if there is a compression at the neck or further down such as the wrist in carpal tunnel syndrome. This is only one port... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
See hand surgeon: Ganglion cysts are very common and when they cause symptoms they are easily removed by both open and arthroscopic techniques. Removal often has better... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several options: IF the carpal tunnel syndrome is mild or detected early then options such as splints, NSAIDS or steroids may be helpful. If the syndrome is severe or ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
earlier treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome usually has a better outcome than delayed treatment. if the symptoms are not getting better with appropria... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Arthritis: It could likely be arthritis. This could be either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Would need further evaluation by hand surgeon.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on Dr.: I have my patients take off the dressings for my endoscopic carpal tunnel release after 2 days. Other doctors have their patients take of f the dressi... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Most likely cts: It would not be unusual to have a progression of the cts, however this can be evaluated by a hand surgeon. They will perform a thorough history and ex... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Possibly: Some early treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome include splint, nsaids and steroid injections. These may be difficult while in the army. You may want ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Not effective: Pain pills do not actually treat the carpal tunnel syndrome which is excessive pressure on the nerve. Treatment for this includes splints, nsaids and ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
No: These procedures are usually very well tolerated, especially if done endoscopically (minimal incision). For example, I use an endoscopic technique and... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: The major effect of stem cell is the decrease in pain and not necessarily to grow cartilage. That was the thought many years ago but we now know stem ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on doctor: Minimally invasive surgery has an earlier recovery when performed by experienced surgeons who specialize in these types of procedures. When they are p... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: These symptoms sound a lot like typical carpal tunnel syndrome which often occurs at night and with certain activity like holding a phone or driving. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Surgery: Treatment options for cubital tunnel can include therapy and splint, however, if there is significant nerve symptoms and nerve studies document severe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Depending on the pathology stem cell treatment can be very effective at decreasing need for surgery. This could be used for arthritis and partial rota... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Possibly surgery: Conservative treatment for carpal tunnel including splints, anti inflammatory meds and steroids work in the early stages but do not provide great long... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Possibly: Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause hand and wrist pain with weakness and numbness to the thumb, index and ring fingers. This condition can also be assoc... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Typically not: Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes hand pain and or numbness. Tennis elbow usually causes pain over the lateral elbow and slightly down the forea... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Severity : The more severe the compression on the nerve before surgery can delay the return to normal function by months even up to a year. Sometimes the damage ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
NSAIDS: To help with some of the symptoms you can try Ibuprofen and splints (or at least keep the wrist in a neutral position, avoid bending the wrist). These... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: As long as the finger is allowed to maintain extension in the splint. If the finger is allowed to flex at all it reduces the likelihood of healing and... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
It is a carpal bone: The lunate is one of 8 carpal bones which are the small bones that make up the wrist.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
yes both positive ulnar variance meaning the end of the ulna is slightly longer than the radius can occur together with a TFCC tear. ganglion cysts in... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Treat the CTS: carpal tunnel syndrome is due to compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. This can cause weakness in the hand and wrist however stren... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Hand surgery consult: You would benefit from seeing an experienced hand surgeon. There may be other issues that are causing these symptoms or it may be from either recurren... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Normal: The area of the wrist does get slightly hard and swollen after surgery however these symptoms tend to improve daily and by 1 week should be minimal. P... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Days - weeks: The recovery period for the endoscopic carpal tunnel release is significantly shorter than the open procedure. My patients have a return to work in an... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) can certainly help with nerve pain. Other alternatives include methylcobalamin (vit b12), n acetyl cysteine and acetyl l carnit... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Trigger finger: Steroid injections can often relieve trigger finger however if the finger gets locked in a severe situation where you cannot unlock the finger, surger... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Very much: Proper nutrition is critical for healthier living and to maintain our cell function. in fact most people are actually deficient in certain areas such ... Read More
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
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
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Persistent symptoms: If you have persistent symptoms of numbness, weakness or pain with a diagnosis of CTS despite trying some conservative management including a splint, ... Read More
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
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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: I have recently developed some new minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of nerve compression. There is also several key supplements that ha... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Severe carpal tunnel syndrome can cause abnormal nerve function and can sometimes be confused with nerve damage. The more severe the carpal tunnel syn... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Yes younger patients can get carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically if a teenager has cts there is a genetic predisposition and the parents and or other si... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Sometimes: Ganglion cysts can fluctuate in size and appear to have resolved. Sometimes they have decreased in size yet can still cause pain. Other times they may... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: After the carpal tunnel is released the pressure inside the tunnel and on the nerve is back to a normally functioning hand. Patients can resume all ac... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Numbness / pain: Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can include numbness and tingling usually to the thumb, index and middle fingers. This can often be associated with wr... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: Numbness in the fingers, particularly at night, is a very common symptom of nerve compression such as carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrom... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Yes. that will not cause any issues with your surgery.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Nerve compression: Numbness of the fingers with swelling which is worse at night or present when you wake up is suspicious for nerve compression syndromes such as carpal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Hand surgeon: For any hand and finger injury i would strongly recommend an evaluation from a fellowship trained hand surgeon. This will provide you with the best po... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Usually not: Numbness in the hands or fingers is usually caused by nerve compression such as carpal tunnel syndrome. There are a number of causes for this includin... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Several options: Treatment for basal thumb arthritis includes several options depending on the severity. Early cases may be treated with partial resection of the trape... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Evaluation soon: Nerve damage is often a term i hear in clinic but does not necessarily mean permanent damage. If the decreased nerve function is caused by compression... Read More

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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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