If the hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve its condition. Hand surgery is a highly individualized procedure for people of any age. Specialized hand surgery treats diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of the wrist and fingers. Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities present at birth. Specifically, hand surgery can treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. Some sufferers feel pain, tingling sensations, numbness of the fingers, or weakness or aching in the wrist and hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is associated with multiple conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disabling disease that causes severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers and impair movement.
Dupuytren's Contracture is a disabling hand deformity where scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and extend into the fingers. It causes restricted movement and bends the fingers into an abnormal position.