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Hand surgery

What is the Hand surgery?

Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand.

What is the procedure?

A typical hand surgery operation is performed as a day-case under a regional anesthetic (injected in the armpit or above the shoulder, to numb the entire arm); the patient is awake or lightly sedated, according to preference. General anesthesia and/or overnight stay in hospital are unusual but are required for some operations on the hand, such as in children or when surgery is prolonged. A few operations can be performed under local anesthesia (injected beneath the skin at the site of surgery).

What kind of result can you expect?

The final outcome of your surgery may take a variable length of time to be achieved and is rarely visible immediately afterwards. Dependent on the complexity of the procedure and the severity of your condition it may take anywhere between one week to six months before you can fully appreciate the final result.

Perfection and absolute normality can rarely be completely restored with surgery. The main aim of the surgery is to reduce, if not abolish your pain and improve your function, thus enhance your quality of life, your ability to manage daily activities and return you to working fitness.

Recovery period and recommendations

After surgery, bandages or dressings will be applied to keep the surgical site clean and plaster may be used when needed.

You will be given specific instructions that may include arm elevation and how to care for your hand(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Possible side effects and complications

Some of the surgery’s risks include bleeding (hematoma), infection, unfavorable scarring, change in skin sensation, skin contour irregularities, skin discoloration/swelling, poor healing or wounds, hand swelling and temporary stiffness, damage (temporary or permanent) to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels or muscles, pain which may persist, possibility of the need for further surgery.






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