Type of Surgery

Information

Doctor Certified

Last updated: 11/24/2009

Aftercare

Aftercare following hand surgery may include one or more of the following, depending on the specific procedure: oral painkilling medications; anti-inflammatory medications; antibiotics; splinting; traction; special dressings to reduce...

swelling; and heat or massage therapy. Because the hand is a very sensitive part of the body, the patient may experience severe pain for several days after surgery. The surgeon may prescribe injections of painkilling drugs to manage the patient's discomfort.

Exercise therapy is an important part of aftercare for most patients who are recovering from hand surgery. A rehabilitation hand specialist will demonstrate exercises for the hand, instruct the patient in proper wound care, massage the hand and wrist, and perform an ongoing assessment of the patient's recovery of strength and range of motion in the hand.



NEXT:
7. Risks
PREVIOUS:

Advertisement

There are several bones in the wrist joint and trauma to this area can cause one of a number of wrist and arm fractures. One of the most common types of wrist fracture, called a Colles fracture, is discussed as well one way to treat the fracture.

Related Videos

How Muscles Work

As the title implies, this video describes how muscles work. It shows the anatomy of the muscle in relation to bone but also the structure of muscle at the microscopic level.

The Pulse: Carpal Tunnel Surgery

A journalistic report on a woman's experience with carpal tunnel syndrome and how she found relief with a new endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery.

Osteoporosis-3D Medical Animation

This video describes the two types of osteoporosis, the symptoms that it may cause, the tests used to diagnose osteoporosis, and some treatment options. Note the estrogen replacement therapy mentioned in the video may not be appropriate for most patients.

RA 3d animation general overview

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can attack parts of the joint, in most joints in the body. This narrated animation describes how the joint works, how the immune system can erroneously attack joints in RA, and describes some of the treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis.

Search

Other Information

The field of hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity (commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder). Hand surgery may be practiced by graduates of general surgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons receive significant training in hand surgery during their residency training, with some graduates continuing on to do an additional one year hand fellowship. These fellowships are sometimes also pursued by general surgeons. Plastic surgeons are particularly well suited to handle traumatic hand and digit amputations that require a "replant" operation. Plastic surgeons are trained to reconstruct all aspects to salvage the appendage: blood vessels, nerves, tendons, muscle, bone. Orthopedic surgeons are particularly well suited to handle complex fractures of the hand and injuries to the carpal bones that alter the mechanics of the wrist. Hand surgeons perform a wide variety of operations such as fracture repairs, nerve decompressions, releases, transfer and repairs of tendons and reconstruction of injuries, rheumatoid deformities and congenital defects.


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_surgery

Other Information

New procedures like minimally invasive procedures are often subject to scrutiny, but I think that one of the biggest problems facing these innovative procedures is for people to understand exactly what we do.


-Dr. Michael Perry, Laser Spine institute

Find a Qualified Specialist

Looking for a specialist?

Please enter your zip code.