Hand & Wrist
Hand surgery is a specialized type of procedure that may be performed to correct a wide range of diseases, injuries and defects that may cause symptoms and/or affect the appearance of the hand. It can be performed for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Your hand surgery procedure will be customized in order to repair your individual condition and leave your hands looking and feeling their best.
Hand Surgery Procedures
Hand surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will make an incision to access the targeted area. The actual procedure will vary depending on the type and severity of each patient’s individual condition, but may include:
- Carpal Tunnel Surgery – tissue that is causing pressure on the nerve is removed to relieve pressure.
Dupuytren’s Contracture Surgery – thickened, scar-like tissue is separated to improve range of motion and prevent nerve damage.
- Hand Fractures – Many hand fractures will result in a marked loss of function if not treated correctly with a cast or corrective surgery. Fortunately most hand fractures can be treated with minimally invasive pinning using local or regional block anesthesia as an outpatient.
- Trigger Finger – Fingers that lock in a flexed position are known as trigger fingers. These usually are caused by inflammation or swelling around the tendon that flexes the finger. This is usually treated by an injection to the area that is causing the locking. This is performed in the office.
Recovery and Results
After hand surgery, patients may experience mild to severe pain. Your doctor will provide you with oral medication to manage pain, if needed. The hands will usually need to be immobilized for a few days as they heal. Patients usually require a course of physical therapy in order to restore full function and range of motion to the hand.