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The Hand and Wrist Institute of Orange County

The Hand and Wrist Institute is a nationally and internationally renowned center of excellence dedicated to the conservative and surgical treatment of injuries and disorders of the hand and upper extremity. Dr. John Knight is the founder and director of the Hand and Wrist Institute. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery, fellowship trained in surgery of the hand and upper extremity and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Knight has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of upper extremity problems. His focus and expertise is in minimally invasive surgery to minimize scarring resulting in a quicker less painful recovery. The signature procedures of the Institute are the stitchless endoscopic carpal tunnel release and advanced wrist arthroscopic surgery; both of which allow a speedy recovery compared to more traditional procedures. You can see Dr. Knight at our convenient Newport Beach location.


The Hand and Wrist Institute offers a comprehensive list of state of the art surgical procedures in the treatment of hand, wrist, elbow and arm injuries and disorders.

The Hand and Wrist Institute provides treatment for virtually every injury and condition relating to the hand, wrist and elbow. This section provides educational material on many of the most common conditions.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become commonplace in today’s society. With the increase of computer use, an increasing number of people are looking for relief from this painful condition. The Hand and Wrist Institute offers the most innovate treatment of carpal tunnel release that is stichless and completed in 10 minutes. The scarring is minimal and only local anesthetic is used.
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Advanced Wrist Arthroscopy


Many of the most painful and complex wrist conditions can be treated by advanced wrist arthroscopy. This minimally invasive procedure is preferred by clients because the recovery time is much shorter than the traditional open procedure and the surgery is done using two small incisions minimizing scarring of the skin.
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Treating Red Bull Athletes


Through minimally invasive wrist arthroscopy, Dr. Knight has had a high success rate in returning many of the elite world athletes, such as Robbie Maddison back to their sport quickly. By using a small tube and camera through two 2 mm incisions, he is able to treat complex wrist ligament and cartilage injuries. Read More >

Corey Bohan had a terrible accident while competing that jeopardized his career. He sought out the best treatment in the US and landed at The Hand and Wrist Institute. After successful advanced wrist arthroscopy, he had a full recovery and is riding again at a high level. Watch the Procedure >

Dr. Knight on The Doctors TV

Doctor Knight on The Doctors TV

Trigger Finger Release Show Watch Video >

Athroscopic TFC Debridement Procedure Show Watch Video >

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Show Watch Video >

Mommy Thumb Show Watch Video >

Arthritis Pain and Joint Replacement Show Watch Video >

Dr. Knight in the News

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Does Insurance Cover My Injury?

Because the hands are so vital to everyday functioning, particularly the ability to find gainful employment, any type of problem can bring major consequences. Thankfully, most services extended to patients by a hand surgeon are covered by major medical insurance.

After making an appointment with a hand specialist should certainly check with their insurance company to check the specifics of their coverage; medical insurance almost always provides for any medical intervention that will return the hand, fingers, or wrist to more normal functioning. Some insurance companies may also cover aesthetic procedures, but this is usually only common if the problem is related to a birth defect.

Insurance usually covers a wide variety of hand rehabilitation services after treatment. Patients needing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, infection, chronic pain can be covered depending on your plan. Conditions such as trigger finger, fractures, and amputations are also covered under most insurance policies. Other injuries, particularly work related or accidental damage to the hands, are almost always billed to the insurance provider, employer or worker’s compensation insurance. You will want to check with your Human Resources department for specifics.

It is important that patients get prior authorization from their insurance company before scheduling any surgery. Our office has years of experience working with insurance companies and will provide the necessary documentation to your insurance company. Our top priority is your health and doing everything possible to alleviate any suffering. We also understand the financial considerations and will help in any way we can.