Trust a Plastic & Reconstructive Hand Surgeon
While most hand injuries or symptoms associated with the hand are originally evaluated by a primary care physician or emergency room physician. Most hand problems are best referred to a surgeon with specialized training in hand surgery. Hand surgeons are involved in the management of acute injuries such as hand and wrist fractures, and hand infections at initial presentation. Depending on the history, the physical findings, and radiographic evidence, the treatment may be conservative, such as placement of a splint or cast, and/or use of medications such as analgesics and antibiotics. In more severe cases, hospital admission, and possibly surgery may be indicated.
In the less acute setting, hand surgeons are responsible for the management of cumulative trauma disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome of tenosynovitis which may result from prolonged irritation or injury in the work setting. Such problems are addressed most conservatively, with the aim to minimize pain and suffering, and to return the patient to a healthy and functional status. An Agreed or Independent Medical Examination are often performed by the hand surgeon in this setting.
State of the art techniques such as arthroscopy and microvascular surgery are commonly required to treat wrist injuries, vascular injury to the hand, arthitis, and trauma resulting in defects and amputations of the hand.
Hand surgeons work very closely with qualified occupational hand therapists who are integral in the process of recovery for the patient. Success with hand therapy before or after surgery is very dependent on patient compliance with the prescribed regimen.
- Inpatient & outpatient hand evaluation & treatment
- Agreed and Independent Medical Examinations
- Surgical treatment of acute hand injuries
- Surgical management of hand fractures
- Management of cumulative trauma disorders
- Management of hand infections and animal or human bites
- Management of neural disorders of the hand
- Management of arthritic disorders of the hand
- Management of work-related hand injuries
- Treatment of wrist injuries
- Management of masses and tumors of the Hand
- Flap repair of hand defects
- Management of vascular disorders of the hand
- Management of congenital hand deformities