Hand Surgery is surgery of the hand, the wrist and the peripheral nerves of the upper limb. It encompasses reconstructive surgery as well which improves upper limb function. It should be remembered that No hand trauma is Minor. It needs special attention by an expert plastic surgeon who specialises in Hand surgery.
Further hand surgery also comprises the aspect of medicine that involves the investigation, preservation, and restoration by medical, surgical, and rehabilitative means of all structures of the upper extremity directly affecting the form and function of the hand and wrist.
There is no hard and fast rule that all hand disorders and injuries are subject to surgery. It is also plausible to treat such cases without surgery, using splints, taping, injections and and physiotherapy.
Different types of hand surgery:
A sneak peek about common types of hand surgeries .
• Hand injuries
• Closed reduction and fixation or Hand Fracture Fixation
• Finger tip /Finger injury
• Tendon repair or Tendon Injury
• Nerve repairs or Nerve Injury
• Ganglion removal or Hand Lump or Cyst removal
• Carpal tunnel release
• Joint replacement
• Surgery for Congenital Hand deformities
• Brachial Plexus Surgery
Points to remember pre-surgery:
• No consumption of food and water post-midnight prior to your surgery, or as directed by your anaesthesiologist
• Consultation with doctor in taking regularly scheduled medicines, herbal products and especially aspirin
• Intake of aspirin should be stopped 7 days prior to surgery
Points to remember post-surgery:
• Maintenance of hygiene and proper condition of the dressing
• Covering the dressing and keeping it dry 24×7
• Elevation of hand and arm
• Consultation with doctor if there is post-surgery burning or tickling sensation in the hand
• Regular and proper intake of post-surgery prescribed medicines
• Home exercise programs and participation in sensory re-education therapy may be required