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Dr. Gary Pess

Hand Surgery
Eatontown, NJ
40 years experience male

Locations

Central Jersey Hand Surgery

Freehold, NJ

Address

535 Iron Bridge Road, Freehold, NJ
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

7324314770

Insurances accepted

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Central Jersey Hand Surgery

Eatontown, NJ

Office

Eatontown, NJ

Central Jersey Hand Surgery

Toms RIver, NJ

About

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

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: New Jersey, New York, South Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

522 Answers
66 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Remove: A tweezer can be a useful tool to remove it. A sterile needle can also work. Otherwise see your doctor to get it removed.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Local anesthetic is used to make it comfortable.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
No: You may have a nerve laceration and should see a hand surgeon. If it needs repair it should be done soon.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Nodules or cords in the palm are often the first sign of dupuytrens. If it is painful or clicks, it may be a trigger finger.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Sensory: Dorsal root ganglion - related to sensory nerve system (sensation) sympathetic ganglion - related to sympathetic system (fight and flight response)... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. See a hand surgeon for an examination an... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Xray: You would need an examination by a hand surgeon and an xray to make the diagnosis and then come up with the appropriate treatment. With no other info ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, lots: I have performed over 5,000 needle aponeurotomy procedures since 2004. The review of my first 1,000 with 3 year follow-up was published in the journal... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Could be: Rinse out all the juice and soak with warm water and peroxide. If there is no improvement see a hand surgeon.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. If the numbness persists, see a hand sur... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
No: That is not normal and you should be checked out for nerve compression or peripheral neuropathy.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If the nerve is completely cut, recovery will require at least 2-3 years.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. If the numbness persists, see a hand sur... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Sac: A fluid filled sac that arise from a joint or tendon sheath. Can be treated with aspiration or excision.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Cubital tunnel: It could be cubital tunnel syndrome - a pinched nerve at the elbow. A hand surgeon can make the definitive diagnosis and treat. In the meantime avoid ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. See a hand surgeon for an examination an... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
No problem: It is no problem, but the missionary position is not advisable. You do not want to lean on your injured wrist.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. It may also be due to the shears pushing... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. If you are getting any other symptoms li... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. http://centraljerseyhand.com for mo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Still there: The ganglion may still be there even though you can't see it. You may also have an additional different problem causing the pain.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: Ganglion cysts are benign, non-cancerous, masses.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Do: Do not ignore cellulitis. An antibiotic may be needed.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: Ganglion cysts at the base of the finger have a higher cure rate after aspiration than wrist cysts.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Xray: Get an xray and make sure you don't have a fracture.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Checkup: You need to make sure the tkr is not loose or infected. A f/u appointment with xray is needed.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Therapy: There is no simple answer since it depends on the actual pathology and location. Therapy might help with splinting. You might need surgical interventi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Feet hands penis: You have a higher incidence of nodules on your feet and a curved penis. No guarantee they will be affected.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of injury. Not all with recover without treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Position: It may be the position of the thumb in the splint, which can be adjusted by your doctor. The splint may also be too tight, if that is the case you nee... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on the location and the severity. Followup radiological testing should help guide your healing.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Bad mix: It could have been something you ate or a combination of what you ate and the coolers.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: If you work on a computer all day, take time to rest and stretch your fingers.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Bring to a head: Moist heat can help bring it to a head and drain it.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
It's OK: It is normal to sometimes see prominent veins or even the artery around the wrist. If it is growing in size it may be a tumor or ganglion cyst. If you... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The local in the shot can sometimes take a while to go away. Try massage and heat.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Unlikely: Anyone can get a tingle in the mouth.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Nerve injury: Could be a nerve injury from pressure on the nerve to the thumb tip (bowler's thumb) or could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Tingling: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be brought on by holding a phone or h... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. See a hand surgeon for an examination an... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Shift: Try shifting positions of crossed legs.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
6 mos: Swelling lasts long after the bone has healed. Patience is needed.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Fibromatosis: A hereditary disease of abnormal increase collagen formation. This primarily affects the hands causing finger contracture. It can also occur on the bo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Virus?: Could just be a virus, but recommend over the counter pregnancy test.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Recheck: Carpal tunnel syndrome will not cause numbness in the upper arm or leg. You need to be reevaluated.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal Tunnel : Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It would not cause nausea. http://www.ce... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal Tunnel : Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. http://www.centraljerseyhand.com/carpal-... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Possible: Yes that is one of the signs of a heart attack. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also a possibility.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment options: rest, night splint, vi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Heat: A moist heating pad will usually take care of it.

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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Nov 7, 2014
I know of Dr Pess cause I work at Jersey Shore Medical center. Dr Pess is an excellent hand surgeon with a expertise in Collagenase injection, Xiaflex, Carpal tunnel release, Dupuytren's contracture, ...Read More
Oct 3, 2013
Helpful expert. I recommend him.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I went to Dr. Pess because he is one of the foremost experts on Dupuytren's contracture, a hand ailment that results in bent fingers and lumpy palms, and because he's one of the leading practitioners ...Read More
HealthTap member
I've been having physio on wrist for 6 weeks. was just querying on excercise for my body.ie running/cycling cardio is that bad or only good
HealthTap member
Thanks DR. I was gettin a bit worried because the numb feeling in my thumb has started to decrease and I still haven't done surgery yet.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I need a carpol tunnel op I guess I need to have this looked at too.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

Bellevue Hospital Center

Residency

BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER

Residency

New York University Medical Center

Residency

Manahttan VA Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor Nj Monthly Magazine
Top Hand Surgeon , Second Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Hand Surgeon , Second Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Central jersey hand surgery
Bayshore community hospital
Centrastate medical center
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