WHAT IS HAND SURGERY?
Hand surgery may be performed for a number of reasons, and is often a very effective means of treating conditions that cause pain and discomfort, as well as problems with mobility and function. Hand surgery may also be performed to repair defects caused as a result of injury.
WHY OPT FOR HAND SURGERY?
Some of the most common reasons for seeking reconstructive hand surgery include having rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or Dupuytren's contracture. Those who have experienced severe trauma to the hands may also be suited to the surgery.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
Before undergoing hand surgery, you will meet with Dr September so that he can determine whether the treatment is suited to your condition. At this stage, you are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns you may have.
If you have suffered an injury, Dr September may perform tendon repair during the surgery, in which case he will reconnect the damaged tendon in order to restore movement.
In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr September will make an incision in the palm, which will give him access to the constricted tissue that is causing pressure on the median nerve.
The technique that Dr September chooses to use will depend on the condition for which you are seeking treatment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After surgery, Dr September will explain how to best take care of your hand during the recovery period. He will prescribe medications to help ease any post-operative pain and discomfort.
Hand therapy exercises will also form an important part of your recovery. Dr September will show you which exercises to do to restore strength and flexibility to your hand. He will also schedule follow-up consultations to ensure that your hand is healing as it should.