The hands are one of the most useful parts of the body, and when one or both of them is disabled, your quality of life can be severely impacted. Whether disease or injury have affected your ability to use your hands, hand reconstruction can provide you with a second chance to retain full mobility and strength.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington, Dr. Tracy Kayan and Dr. Stephanie Peng are board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in reconstructive procedures, including hand reconstruction. During your one-on-one consultation, your surgeon works closely with you to determine the best surgical approach for optimizing your physical comfort, abilities and appearance so you can enjoy the activities you love.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from throughout the Twin Cities make a full recovery from illness and injury with hand reconstruction. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about reconstructive hand surgery, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hand Reconstruction Surgery?
Many men and women who are unable to enjoy the full use of their hands can be good candidates for reconstructive hand surgery. Some of the most common reasons to consider hand surgery include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Bone fractures
- Nerve damage
- Finger detachment
- Congenital deformity
- Traumatic crush injuries
- Dupuytren’s contracture
Hand Reconstruction Insurance Coverage
It is very likely that your health insurance provider will cover the cost of some or all of your hand reconstruction procedure. You will be required to submit documented evidence of your hand condition or injury. Your surgeon will work with you to provide the information required to ensure that you receive the maximum coverage available to you.
Your Reconstructive Hand Surgery
Because hand reconstruction is a personalized procedure, your exact surgery will depend on your hand condition, overall health and other factors. Some of the most common hand reconstruction surgeries are listed below.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Nerve dysfunction in the wrist caused by repetitive motions or fluid retention is known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition can result in numbness, aching and impaired range of motion. To treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, your surgeon can relieve tension on the nerve by dividing tissue in the carpal tunnel.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflamed joints brought on by an autoimmune condition. Arthritis causes pain in the joints, limits movement and can cause disfiguration of the hands or fingers. Your surgeon treats arthritis of the hands by removing tissue from inflamed joints and repositioning tendons where necessary. In some cases, joints may be fused together or artificial joints may be implanted to restore maximum function.
Traumatic Crush Injury
When fingers or hands are crushed by an accident, the result can be painful and disabling. Your surgeon may treat crushed fingers or hands using skin grafting, reconstructive flap surgery or replantation in the case of an amputated finger. She may also recommend additional therapies to maximize healing and function.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition caused by thickened fibrous tissue underlying the skin of the fingers or palm of the hand. The condition can be treated using an incision in the skin through which your surgeon will divide up the thickened tissue, allowing the fingers to straighten so patients can regain full motion of their hands.
In addition to the above treatments, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Kayan and Dr. Peng perform reconstructive hand surgery to treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses. During your consultation, your surgeon will detail the specific approach that is best for your needs.
Hand Reconstruction Recovery
Your exact recovery from reconstructive hand surgery will depend on the specific condition treated and the approach your surgeon uses. Most people take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks away from work and other normal activities while their hands and fingers heal from surgery. Your surgeon may suggest additional therapies to maximize your results. She may also ask you to use a topical treatment or wear a special garment as you heal from surgery. Some bruising and swelling after surgery is to be expected, but this should subside over the coming weeks.
Your surgeon will discuss the possible risks and complications of your hand surgery with you prior to your procedure. If you notice any sudden swelling accompanied by sharp pain, notify our office immediately.
Reconstructive hand surgery can restore the function and appearance of the hands or fingers after disease or trauma. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your hand reconstruction consultation and learn more about how to regain the comfort and motions you deserve.