Dr. Gary Pess

Hand Surgery
Eatontown, NJ
42 years experience male

Locations

Central Jersey Hand Surgery

Freehold, NJ

Address

535 Iron Bridge Road, Freehold, NJ
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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

404 Answers
50 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Tingling: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment options: rest, night splint, vi... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Bandage and rest now, but get an x-ray.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Dry air: The dryness does help many people with arthritis.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Bleeding disorder: Hemophilia a is due to the absence of clotting factor viii (most common) hemophilia b is due to the absence of clotting factor ix (less common).
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Release: The key to carpal tunnel surgery is releasing the transverse carpal ligament. I prefer to this endoscopically using a scope and special knives.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Actonel (risedronate) is also commonly used.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: Keep playing and enjoy!
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Rest: Rest your hand. Eat healthy. Can supplement with calcium if needed.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
600 iu: 600 iu is the recommended supplement dose.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: The appropriate maximum dose must be followed.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Prevent injury: Loosens tight muscle fibers to prevent injury.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Sling or surgery: Depends on grade of dislocation. For some patients - sling, rest and ice. For others surgery is necessary.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Quickly: It should heal quickly unless you have a fracture. There is no way to tell for sure without an xray. For treatment, taping to the ring finger will hel... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: No that is not a tretment for carpal tunnel syndrome.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Consult: The drug is chosen based on your age and bone density. A consult would help determine what alternatives are available for you.
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: That should be a safe mix with Tylenol (acetaminophen)
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Get an Ortho exam: You need to see an Orthopedic surgeon for an exam and possibly xray or mri
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Splint: Night splints are critical if you get carpal tunnel symptoms.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Unimportant: I am not sure there is a precise standard and long fingers should not be any concern. Check out the huge hands many basketball players have.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Trigger: You could have a trigger finger or possibly arthritis. A hand surgeon can help you.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Ice / splint: You could use ice and immobilize it in a splint.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: The potential ius for a very fast recovery and return to activities after endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. I have performed the surgery on su... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Vitamin: A vitamin usually combined with chondroitin sulfate and used to treat arthritis.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Scope: Insertion of a scope into the wrist to perform minimally invasive wrist procedures.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Carpal tunnel: She may have carpal tunnel syndrome. She needs an evaluation with a hand surgeon. A shot helpthe problem.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Cortisone shot: A cortisone shot has ~50% cure. If not a percutaneous release will cure the problem.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Cortisone shot: A cortisone shot has ~50% cure. If not a per cutaneous release will cure the problem.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Nerve: Nerve irritation or compression will cause a paresthesia in the distribution of the nerve.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Need an evaluation: This could be a trigger finger, tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. You need an evaluation with a hand surgeon. A shot may solve the problem.
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Percutaneous trigger finger release surgery allows the a1 pulley to be released through a small incision or with a needle. http://centraljerseyhand... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Splint: Rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. If that fails then cortisone ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Hand Surgeon: There are 3 options for treatment of dupuytren's contracture: 1) fasciectomy - long recovery 2) needle aponeurotomy - see my article in jour... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: There are 3 options for treatment of dupuytren's contracture: 1) fasciectomy 2) needle aponeurotomy - see my article in journal of hand surgery a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Table top test: The table top test is performed by trying to place your hand flat , palm down on a table top. If you cannot place your hand flat, that is a positive s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Yes 3 options: There are 3 options for treatment of dupuytren's contracture: 1) fasciectomy - long recovery 2) needle aponeurotomy - see my article in journal of... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No prevention: It is hereditary and can't be prevented. Avoiding undue stress on the hand might help. There are 3 options for treatment of dupuytren's contracture... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Treatable only: There is no cure for dupuytren's. However it is treatable and i recommend seeing a hand surgeon who is an expert in the treatment. There are 3 opti... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
3 options: There are 3 options for treatment of dupuytren's contracture: 1) fasciectomy 2) needle aponeurotomy - see my article in journal of hand surgery a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Carpal Tunnel : Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Injection: Injection of contrast into shoulder joint followed by an mri.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Xray: You could have a bad bruise or a broken bone. An xray can help differentiate.
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: This is edema post surgery. Elevate your hand to decrease the sweiing.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: If it is only "partially" broken, i would doubt that any surgery is necessary:.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Splint: A wrist splint, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds, ice, heat and a cortisone shot.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Lots when done open: Most common complications include nerve injury, tendon injury, arterial injury, recurrence, stiffness, infection & hematoma. Consider minimally inv... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: That will not help the situation and could make it worse.
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A member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Trigger finger: This is probably a trigger finger. A hand surgeon can help you with a cortisone injection.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
No: The itchy feeling has nothing to do with healing.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 42 years experience
Need evaluation: There are numerous problem that can cause sharp pains. You need to take him for an evaluation with a hand surgeon.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dr. Martin Fried
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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