When is hand reconstruction necessary?
There are a number of reasons why hand reconstruction may become necessary, including:
- Traumatic injury
- Degenerative changes to hand structures
- Congenital defects
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Rheumatic diseases that lead to structural changes
Regardless of the cause of your hand troubles, David M. Godat, MD, can provide a comprehensive diagnostic examination and an in-depth presentation of your surgical options. Don’t live with limited use of your hands when there are safe and effective techniques that can help.
What’s involved in hand reconstruction?
Your surgical plan depends on a number of factors, including the type and extent of the damage. There are many different approaches that can work to relieve pain and restore function. Very often a combination of techniques is used to create the best possible outcome.
Some of the surgical techniques used to perform hand reconstruction include:
- Skin grafting
- Tendon repair
- Reduction and fixation to address fractures
- Nerve repair
- Surgical drainage or debridement of damaged tissue
This is far from a comprehensive list of hand reconstruction techniques. Your journey is customized to suit your exact needs, as well as your treatment goals. The first step in that process is a personalized consultation at the office of David M. Godat, MD.
What happens after hand reconstruction surgery?
The primary focus of hand reconstruction is to create the proper balance in your hand and fingers, facilitating the use of the hand in normal daily routines. Once your surgery is complete, you’ll enter a period of recovery to allow your body to adjust to the new structural alignment.
This process involves giving your skin, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and connective tissues time to heal. A period of physical therapy follows, which focuses on teaching you how to attain maximum hand flexibility and function.
Targeted exercises help strengthen your hand, and you’ll also learn techniques to reduce hand strain in your daily life. You may even need to re-learn how to use your hands for grasping, pinching, and other movements.
When you’re ready to learn more about hand reconstruction, schedule a one-on-one consultation with David M. Godat, MD, today. Call the office to check availability.