Proper use of the hands is important to every aspect of our lives. If an injury, deformity, or other condition limits or prohibits that use, a specialist may recommend hand reconstruction surgery.
During a hand reconstruction, your surgeon may repair, reconstruct, or replace nerves, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, bones, skin, or other tissues as needed to correct your hand condition and restore normal function. Surgeons perform many common hand reconstruction surgeries, including those for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment, on an outpatient basis. More complex hand reconstruction surgeries, such as the reattachment or replacement of a severed arm, hand, finger, or thumb, generally require hospitalization.
Hand Reconstruction Surgery to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, your hand specialist may recommend reconstruction surgery. At Brown Hand Center, the carpal tunnel leader, the preferred surgical treatment is the Brown Procedure, a safe and effective outpatient procedure. The surgeon makes two tiny incisions, one in the palm and one near the wrist, and divides the transverse carpal ligament with endoscopic visualization to release pressure on the nerve and eliminate carpal tunnel symptoms. This minimally invasive procedure with long-term effectiveness offers significantly less pain, recovery time, and scarring than an open carpal tunnel release.
Hand Reconstruction Surgery for Treatment of Trauma
Various injuries to the wrist, hand, and fingers require reconstructive surgery. Amputations, damaged or torn tendons, broken bones, crush injuries, and severe lacerations are a few such injuries. Seeking emergency treatment by a hand specialist helps increase the likelihood for successful reconstruction.
Hand Deformities & Inherited Diseases Corrected with Reconstructive Surgery
Hand reconstruction surgery is often recommended for a number of congenial deformities, including clubhand, duplication of digits, and complex syndactyly (webbed fingers), as well as for inherited diseases like Dupuytren’s Contracture. Although the healing period after this type of hand reconstruction is longer, patients can then enjoy normal function of their hands, rather than living with a disability.
Finding the Best Surgeon for Hand Reconstruction
Hand reconstruction surgery is a complex procedure, requiring extensive knowledge of the hand and how each part works in balance for proper function. It also requires technical training in the use of advanced medical equipment.
Hand doctors at Brown Hand Center have it. At Brown, you will find highly skilled, trained, and accomplished surgeons who specialize in the hand and wrist. Their training and experience includes areas like microsurgery, microvascular surgery, joint reconstruction and replacement, and transplantation, as well as expertise in the Brown Procedure.
If you are considering hand reconstruction surgery, contact a surgeon at the Center nearest you. You can book an appointment by submitting the form provided; no referral required.