Hand Surgery Procedures
Surgery can be beneficial for many types of hand conditions.
This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derby seeks to restore near normal function of fingers and hands injured by overuse, wear and tear, trauma, or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth.
With reconstructive hand surgery procedures, Dr. Derby can treat many conditions.
- Carpal Tunnel
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. Sufferers may feel pain, a tingling sensation, numbness of the fingers, weakness or aching. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with multiple conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- This disabling disease can cause severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers and impair movement.
- Another disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.
- Trigger Finger
- Trigger Finger is a condition that consists of catching and locking of finger motion. It is caused by inflammation and swelling of the tendon lining, making it is difficult for the tendon to squeeze through tight spots along the tendon track.
- Ganglion Cysts
- These cysts are common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to joints or tendons. The cysts often resemble a water balloon on a stalk and are filled with a clear fluid or gel. They occur in patients of all ages.
Is Hand Surgery Right for You?
Reconstructive hand surgery may be a good option for you if:
- You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your hand surgery
- You are committed to following your plastic surgeon’s prescribed course of treatment
- In some conditions, hand surgery is necessary to treat wounds and to help painful conditions
Hand Surgery Results
The final outcome of your hand surgery will develop over time. While advances in hand surgery can accomplish near miracles in reconstruction and replantation, your outcome cannot be fully predicted. If you undergo surgery to correct carpal tunnel syndrome, modifying work habits as recommended is vital to long-term improvement.
Your final outcome may not be realized for several months. If your procedure involves microsurgery, a year is considered appropriate to fully reach restored function.
Contact us today for more information about hand surgery procedures.