Plastic and Reconstructive Hand Surgery
Dramatic advances have been made in recent years in treating patients with congenital defects, degenerative disorders and injuries of the hand. The hand surgeons at the Cedars-Sinai's Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have been on the forefront of these advances, committed to improving hand function and appearance.
The center treats the full range of hand abnormalities, including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cleft hand deformities
- Congenital absence or duplication of thumbs and digits
- Congenital bent fingers (camptodactyly, clinodactyly)
- Constriction band syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis (Tendinitis)
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Enlarged digits
- Forearm rotation problems
- Ganglion cysts
- Radial club hand
- Syndactyly (webbed fingers and toes)
- Trigger finger
- Ulnar club hand
Recover and Rehabilitation
Since the hand is a very sensitive part of the body, patients usually acquire pain medications following surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe injections or oral medication to make you more comfortable. How long your hand must remain immobilized and how quickly you resume your normal activities depends on the type and extent of surgery and on how fast you heal.
To enhance your recovery and give you the fullest possible use of your hand, your surgeon may recommend a course of rehabilitation (occupational therapy) under the direction of a trained hand therapist. Your therapy may include hand exercises, heat and massage therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, splinting, traction, and special wrappings to control swelling. Keep in mind that surgery is just the foundation for recovery. It's crucial that you follow the therapist's instructions and complete the entire course of therapy if you want to regain the maximum use of your hand.