What is Hand Surgery?

Hand surgery refers to procedures of the hand, wrist, fingers and forearms. Patients may opt for plastic and reconstructive hand surgery if for injuries due to fractures, dislocations, lacerations of the tendons, nerve, or arteries, or as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve compression disorders.

When surgery is necessary, the compassionate plastic surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian use the latest and most sophisticated techniques are used. We ensure that our patients are well informed about the procedures available, feel empowered, and have the opportunity to discuss questions with any team member.

Types of Hand Surgery

  • Open Reduction and Internal Fixation: This technique may be used when a fracture in part of the wrist or hand attempts to realign the fractured bone and then immobilize the area during the healing phase.
  • Tendon repairs: Tendons are the fibers that attach muscle to bone. Repair of tendons remains a surgical challenge because of the structure of the tendon. Tendon injuries can occur due to infection, trauma, or spontaneous rupture. These injuries can be addressed via surgery.
  • Nerve repairs: Injury to hand nerves may result in decreased ability to move the hand and experience feeling. Nerve injuries should be addressed as soon as possible by a hand surgeon.
  • Surgical drainage and/or debridement: Hand infection treatment may include rest, use of heat, elevation, antibiotics, and surgery. Surgical drainage may be used if there is an abscess. Debridement, or cleansing of a wound to prevent further infection and to help promote healing, may be used if the infection or wound is severe.
  • Nerve Compression Surgery: The ulnar nerve and median nerve can become entrapped, causing carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome (numbness or weakness in the hands). While conservative measures are helpful, surgery may be necessary to release the nerve.
  • Tissue Transfer: When there are large wounds or scars on the hand or forearm, it may be necessary to transfer tissue from another body part. We may need to use the microscope to reattach the small nerves, arteries, and veins.
  • Trigger Finger Release: Trigger fingers often cause a snapping or clicking in the finger. These can be treated with a steroid injection and potentially a quick surgery.
  • Mass Removal: Masses and cysts are quite common in the hand and may need surgical removal especially if they are growing or painful.

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Division Of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery