When an individual undergoes hand surgery he or she may be treated with any number of surgical techniques including grafting or flap surgery. Hand surgeries are designed to treat limited function caused by traumatic injuries, syndromes such as carpal tunnel, or congenital defects like syndactyly (two or more fingers are fused together). The hand is incredibly complex, its function essential, and the corresponding variety of injuries and defects, enormous.
Hand surgeries are, therefore, highly specialized and intricate. During hand surgery, the surgeon works to restore form and function by treating injuries to tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and joints, as well as fractured bones, burns, and cuts.
Dr. Jon Sattler performs hand surgery, along with a wide variety of reconstructive surgery procedures in the San Gabriel Valley.
Who Can Undergo Hand Surgery?
Reasons for seeking a plastic surgeon's assistance for hand injuries and defects include:
- Carpal tunnel
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Trauma to the hand/Hand injury
What Happens During Hand Surgery?
The procedure that your plastic surgeon recommends will depend on the condition for which you seek help. Some procedures, especially reconstructive procedures to address trauma, may require advanced microsurgery, skin flaps or tissue grafts.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, your surgery will focus on releasing the tissue that presses the median nerve, and builds pressure inside the carpal tunnel, a passageway through the wrist. Open release surgery conducted in an outpatient setting using local and MAC (standby) anesthesia.
During open release surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the wrist in order to access the carpal ligament. The ligament is then cut in order to enlarge the carpal tunnel.
After Hand Surgery, You Can Expect . . .
Most patients experience mild to severe pain following surgery. To help manage this discomfort, your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medication, and antibiotics. Special dressings may be applied to reduce swelling.
With carpal tunnel release, as well as other hand surgeries, rehabilitation is imperative to regaining movement and strength, and should be expected as a part of your aftercare program. Heat or massage therapy may be recommended as part of a continued pain maintenance program.
Please contact our plastic surgery practice in LA County if you have any questions about hand surgery. Dr. Sattler will be happy to set up a consultation with you so that you can receive information about the benefits and risks involved. Our office is conveniently located to better serve residents in Glendora, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga and throughout Southern California.