Reconstructive hand surgery can restore physical strength and function to your hands following trauma, disease or congenital defects. Various techniques can be used to improve bone, muscle and joint movement. Surface damage or scarring can also be addressed through hand surgery.
Why Undergo Hand Surgery?
- Hand surgery can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and Dupuytren's syndrome.
- Birth defects such as syndactyly (two or more fingers are fused together) can also be corrected. Early intervention can help your child avoid delayed development and psychological discomfort.
- Hand injuries may also benefit from significant improvement. Hand surgery may be used to repair and restore the function tendons, nerves, blood vessels, joints or fractured bones. Dr. Bharti can treat burns, cuts or significant scarring present on one or both hands.
Your Hand Surgery With Dr. Bharti
- Hand surgery in Johnson City is a complex procedure. The steps involved will depend on your condition. General or local anesthesia is administered prior to hand surgery.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome may be corrected through open release surgery. An incision will be made in the middle of the palm and extend to your wrist. This will allow Dr. Bharti to release pressure on the median nerve -- creating better blood supply and improved mobility. Rheumatoid arthritis suffers may also benefit from traditional carpal tunnel repair.
- Dupuytren's syndrome can be treated by cutting and separating bands of thickened tissue around the tendons. This frees up the tendons, allowing for greater ease of movement. Skin grafts may be needed to repair to appearance of the skin following surgery.
- Joint replacement, also known as arthroplasty, is commonly used to treat severe arthritis. This procedure involves joint replacement in the fingers or wrist. Artificial joints are usually composed of metal, silicone or plastic.
- Skin or tissue grafts may be used to replace or reattach skin on the hands and fingers that has been altered during trauma or congenital defects. Surgery can usually improve range of motion and create a fairly normalized appearance.
What to Expect After Surgery
- The hand is one of the most sensitive areas of the body. Discomfort may range from mild to severe during your recovery. Dr. Bharti will provide you with oral or injectable medication to manage your pain.
- Surgical dressings will remain on the hands for several days. Temporary drains may be placed at incision sites to collect excess fluid build up. The length of your recovery will depend on the extent of your procedure. In general, recovery will take between four and eight weeks.
- A physical therapy program may be recommended to enhance recovery and the overall function and mobility of your hand.
Hand Surgery Alternatives
- Certain disorders such as arthritis or carpel tunnel syndrome may be managed through non-surgical treatments such as medication, physical therapy or splinting.
- Most severe hand injuries or syndromes will require surgical intervention to achieve significant improvements in appearance and function.