Jessica Frankenhoff, MD

Jessica Frankenhoff, MD

Dr. Frankenhoff specializes in hand surgery.

Dr. Frankenhoff, MD offers these procedures:

  • Arthritis of the hand
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Fracture or dislocation to the hand
  • Laceration to the hand
  • Small joint replacements of the hand
  • Wrist surgery


Dr. Frankenhoff has published scientific reports and articles on ulnar nerve compression syndrome, necrosis factor genetic polymorphisms, and experimental ketogenic diets. Her work with carpal tunnel was the subject of an article in “Prime Time Cape Cod” magazine.


Dr. Frankenhoff recently joined the VCU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as assistant professor. She specializes in hand surgery. Before relocating to Virginia, Dr. Frankenhoff had her own practice, Cape Cod Hand Surgery, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and worked with Surgical Affiliates of Falmouth with the Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod. In 2010, Dr. Frankenhoff was recognized as one of “Cape & Plymouth Business” magazine's “Top 40 under 40.”


Dr. Frankenhoff received both her undergraduate degree and M.D. at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. After completing her internship and residency with University of Connecticut Health Center, Dr. Frankenhoff completed a fellowship in hand surgery with Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and a fellowship in pediatric hand and upper extremity at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. She is board-certified in general surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in hand surgery.


Dr. Frankenhoff lives in Richmond with her husband and their young daughter.


Very nice staff and very professional. This was my 1st time(hopefully only) here. It was a very pleasant experience. Staff was great from the 1st step in the door till walking off. I will recommend this facility to others. Dr. Jessica Frankenhoff is a wonderful doctor, great people skills, and great surgeon. G. Keith Apr 2016
Everything was satisfactory, love Dr. Frankenhoff - very kind and understanding - would recommend to anyone. Diane T. Apr 2015


2019 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2019 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2020 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2020 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award


VCU Upper Extremity and Peripheral Nerve Center
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Phone: (804) 628-4206

VCU Health System Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Hand Surgery
1200 E. Broad Street
Phone: (804) 828-3815


Hand Pain

Dr. Frankenhoff specializes in the treatment of hand and wrist arthritis, minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery, Dupuytren's disease, surgical and non-surgical treatment of tendonitis, repetitive use injuries, and all traumatic injuries of the hand and wrist.

Julie: Hi, I’m Julie Bragg and I am here with Dr. Jessica Frankenhoff, and you are a surgeon. What do you specialize in?

Dr. Frankenhoff: I specialize in hand surgery, and that encompasses various surgeries, such as the most common ones that you would see are carpal tunnel surgery, surgery of the thumb, arthritic surgery, and then all sorts of trauma surgeries.

Julie: So what can you do for carpal tunnel syndrome and what is the recovery like for your patients?

Dr. Frankenhoff: The surgery involves cutting a ligament in the hand, but you can do it through a small incision and put a scope in with a tiny camera in and cut it that way. It takes ten minutes, people are in and out the same day. And it depends on what kind of work you do, you can go back to work the next day. If you do secretarial work or if you do heavy manual labor, then you would probably want to wait about three weeks before you start lifting heavy things.

What is thumb arthritis?

Is there any way to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?

When should I have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can diabetes cause hand conditions?

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be performed on both hands at the same time?

Will carpal tunnel syndrome affect both hands or just one?

How do I know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

What can I expect when having thumb arthritis surgery?

What age does carpal tunnel typically occur?

How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

What happens if I wait too long to have carpal tunnel surgery?

How is DeQuervain's Syndrome treated?

Are hand surgeries covered by insurance?

What are common tendinopathies?

When should I have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is Dupuytren's Contracture?

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

What is tendonitis?

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

What should I expect when having carpal tunnel syndrome?