Houston Hand Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey E. Budoff

Dr. Budoff is a Board Certified Orthopedic Hand Surgeon specializing in the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder

He has completed fellowships in both Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he taught residents and fellows for nine years. He has edited 7 textbooks, written 46 papers and authored 24 book chapters. He is an expert in arthroscopic and open surgery of the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder.

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American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Dr. Budoff’s focus is on restoring function and eliminating hand and wrist pain with the least invasive method possible. Many patients are successfully treated without surgery. Should surgery be desired, Dr. Budoff is up to date with the best, least invasive surgical procedures that minimize pain and time of healing. The one-incision Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release gets most people back to work and other activities quicker than open carpal tunnel release or the two-incision Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release that many surgeons advertise.

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What are your symptoms?

Dr. Budoff Patient Satisfaction

1. Convenience of getting an appointment in appropriate time frame: Avg. 3.98 / 5
2. The courtesy and helpfulness of Dr. Budoff’s office staff: Avg. 4.00 / 5
3. The overall happiness of your patients with Dr. Budoff’s services: Avg. 4.21 / 5
4. Appropriate levels of care and follow-up are provided. Avg. 4.23 / 5
5. Level of satisfaction for your referrals to Dr. Budoff’s practice: Avg: 4.25 / 5

* Scale range 1 to 5 (with 5 being highest satisfaction) patients-choice

What are the Symptoms of Capral Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Waking up with a numb hand and flicking your wrist to ‘try to get the circulation back’
  • Numbness, burning, tingling, or falling asleep of the fingers and hand
  • Worse at night or when gripping (driving, holding objects or using tools)
  • Clumsiness, weakness, or dropping objects

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hand surgeon?

A hand surgeon is an orthopedic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or occasionally a general surgeon, who does an additional 1 year of a training fellowship in hand surgery. They subspecialize and are the experts in diagnosing and treating disorders of the hand & wrist. Some Hand & Upper Extremity fellowships cover the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Do hand surgeons do wrist surgery?

Yes. Hand surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of problems involving the hand and wrist. Hand & Upper Extremity surgeons specialize in the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. I am a Hand & upper extremity surgeon so I do hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery.

When should you see a hand surgeon?

Any problems of the hand or wrist are better diagnosed and treated by a fellowship-trained hand surgeon. Things that your regular physician rarely sees, and isn’t specifically trained in diagnosing and treating, are routine for hand surgeons. Hand surgeons acquire an extensive experience diagnosing and treating these conditions through extra training and by focusing exclusively their entire careers exclusively on these problems. This allows hand surgeons to see disorders of the hand and wrist, and only disorders of the hand and wrist (as well as the elbow and shoulder, for some of us) day in and day out. Subspecialists, such as hand surgeons, often know the diagnosis and best treatment within seconds, even though your regular physician was not able to adequately diagnose the issue. Often, hand and upper extremity injuries must be diagnosed and treated within a fairly rapid time frame in order to obtain an optimal result. Seeing a hand surgeon helps avoid unproductive or counterproductive treatments that may effect your ability to regain normal function. This potentially avoids unnecessary diagnostic studies or therapy appointments. Many hand problems, especially fractures, that are treatable when seen early, lead to permanent problems when treatment is delayed. Trying to lessen the impact of these permanent problems can take months or years of treatment, when the entire situation could have been definitively handled if treated early.

What are the most common hand surgeries?

The most common hand surgeries are carpal tunnel release (which I perform endoscopically, with the least invasive technique), trigger finger release, cubital tunnel release (which I perform endoscopically), DeQuervain’s release, and surgical fixation of hand and wrist fractures. As a Hand & Upper Extremity surgeon I also do many arthroscopic shoulder procedures, most commonly arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs.

Do you stay in the hospital after hand surgery?

Generally no. All of my surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, without an overnight stay. We work hard to minimize recovery time and focus on minimally invasive surgery.

How do you know if a hand injury is serious?

Serious hand injuries lead to numbness, loss of motion, weakness, severe pain, obvious deformity, signs of infection, and/or severe bleeding. If there’s any question, you should see a hand surgeon within the first week following injury. Do not be delayed because your injury was seen by a non-specialist physician, thinking they would know if the injury was serious and would have sent you to a hand surgeon if you needed one. Significant hand injuries are frequently missed by generalists/ER providers. And serious, permanent, problems are often caused by these delays.

What’s the difference between an orthopedic doctor, orthopedic surgeon and an orthopedist?

They are simply different names for the same thing.