It may surprise many people that many plastic surgeons perform a lot of hand surgery. Both orthopedic and plastic surgeons receive extensive training in hand surgery during their residency programs, and hand surgery is an integral part of plastic surgery. Some surgeons go on to do additional training to specialize in hand surgery.
You may be referred to plastic surgery for a broad range of hand problems. We do lots of trauma care involving hand injuries. These include such things as tendon repair, repair of hand fractures, and repair of complex soft tissue injuries of the hands and fingers. In the area of elective surgery, you may be sent to a plastic surgeon for removal of tumors or skin cancers of the hands; for problems related to Dupuytren's contracture, an unusual condition in which fibrous bands in the palms gradually cause the fingers to bend and remain bent; for carpal tunnel surgery to relieve pressure on nerves in the wrist than can affect hand function and sensation, for trigger fingers; and for ganglions of the fingers and wrist.
Some plastic surgeons that specialize in hand surgery can offer highly technical and complex care such as microsurgery, joint replacement, major hand reconstruction, tendon transfers, nerve and blood vessel repairs, and more.
In our practice, we offer the following services for hands:
- Repair of traumatic injuries to tendons
- Repair of complex hand lacerations
- Treatment of hand infections
- Finger amputations
- Carpal tunnel release
- Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture either with surgery or non-surgically, using Xiaflex
- Release of trigger fingers
- Removal of ganglions
- Removal of skin cancers
Using modern techniques, plastic surgeons can often restore function and optimize appearance, even in the severest injuries.