Project Description

Hand Surgery

WHAT IS HAND SURGERY?

If your hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. The human hand is one of the most versatile tools in nature. It not only fulfills countless physical functions, it is also a communication and sensory tool. Illness, injury, or a congenital deformity (one present at birth) can diminish the ability to manipulate our hands to grasp, pinch, wave, touch, shake hands, or perform countless other functions.Some of the more common hand surgery procedures are used to treat victims of trauma, and carpal tunnel syndrome

In general, hand surgery is a good option for you if:

  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your hand surgery
  • You are committed to following your plastic surgeon’s prescribed course of treatment
  • It is necessary to treat wounds and to help painful conditions

CONSULTATION & PREPARING FOR SURGERY

During your consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your hand surgery options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of hand surgery and any risks or potential complications

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs ( Brufen, Voltaren), raw garlic, ginger, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding .

Dr. Federico Di Francesco – Eklund  will also discuss where your procedure will be performed.

Depending on the type of surgery you will undergo, your procedure may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.

Be sure to ask Dr. Federico questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your hand surgery. It’s natural to feel some anxiety. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

THE PROCEDURE

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Treating trauma

The most common traumatic hand or finger injury requiring hand surgery is tendon repair. When a tendon is cut, it will retract from the original wound site.Tendon repair retrieves the retracted tendon and reconnects it using surgical techniques to restore function and movement.

Carpal tunnel syndrome relief

Pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel must be relieved to repair this condition. An incision is made from the middle of the palm to the wrist, allowing access to the constricted tissue causing pressure on the nerve.

Trigger finger

When a nodule appears on the flexor tendons and the finger can be blocked in a flexion position. A small incision is placed at the base of the finger or in the palm.

Depending on your condition and type of treatment you may have incisions that need to be closed with removable sutures or your plastic surgeon may use non-removable sutures

The results of hand surgery will appear gradually as swelling subsides. Your final outcome may not be realized for several months.

 

COST

Usually health insurance doesn’t cover this procedure.Remember please : A surgeon’s cost may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic location of the office.Our clinic may offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Cost may include:

      • Anesthesia fees
      • Hospital or surgical facility costs
      • Medical tests
      • Post-surgery garments
      • Prescriptions for medication
      • Surgeon’s fee

Your health insurance plan will likely cover hand surgery and related complications. Pre-certification is generally required for reimbursement or coverage.

Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications.

Please remember that There is no certifying board with “cosmetic surgery” in its name. By choosing a Corresponding member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or an  ISAPS Member you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified .

My website it is not a substitute for a thorough, in-person consultation with dr Federico plastic surgeon.

RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY

After surgery, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean and splint may be used when needed.You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your hand(s)following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
  • When will they be removed?
  • Are stitches removed? When?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for follow-up care?

Follow all postoperative instructions including cleansing, taking prescribed medications and hand therapy exercises. Therapy is critical to restoring length, flexibility and movement. If you attempt to return to normal function too soon, the risk of re-injury is possible. Continue your hand therapy regimen and attend follow-up visits with Dr. Federico as scheduled.

This is essential to a successful outcome.

 

RESULTS

As swelling subsides, the results of hand surgery will appear. Your final outcome may not be realized for several months. The end result of your hand surgery is directly related to following your therapist’s and plastic surgeon’s instructions.The final outcome of your hand surgery will develop over time. Your outcome cannot be fully predicted.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, It may not be possible to achieve optimal results  with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

 
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RISKS & SAFETY

The decision to have hand surgery is extremely personal, and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the complications are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs
  • Infection
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Skin discoloration / swelling
  • Unexpected hand swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent with Dr. Federico. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

Additional risk associated with these specific surgeries include:

Carpal tunnel

  • Non-improvement
  • Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome

Flexor tendon

  • Additional incision may be necessary because cut tendon may retract
  • Inability to restore function
  • Tendon scarring

Trigger finger

  • Non-improvement
  • Tendon scarring