The human hand is composed of 27 bones, 34 muscles, and over 100 ligaments and tendons that provide immense control and manual dexterity. In the event of any type of hand injury, it is important to consult an experienced hand surgeon. While not every injury requires surgery, proper treatment is critical to the preservation and restoration of hand function.
The surgeons at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence are highly skilled in various hand procedures and can help determine the most effective course of treatment for your tendon, nerve, or bone injury. When surgery is the best option, we take pride in offering the most advanced and cutting-edge surgical techniques to provide our patients with unparalleled results.
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The bones in the hand and fingers are surprisingly delicate and prone to fracture. Hand fractures often cause painful and rapidly noticeable symptoms such as deformity, swelling, bruising, and inability to perform certain hand or finger movements. The majority of simple hand fractures can be resolved without surgery by maneuvering the hand to realign the bones and then immobilizing the hand with a splint.
More complex fractures, such as crushed or severely fragmented bones, require surgery to realign and stabilize the hand or finger. Our surgeons utilize a variety of high-tech equipment to treat these types of hand injuries and ultimately restore full strength and mobility to the hand.
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Tendons connect the muscles and bones in our hands, allowing for precise control over hand and finger movements. Flexor tendons run along the inside of the hand and serve to curl the fingers into the palm, while extensor tendons are located on the back of the hand and enable straightening of the fingers. Due to their proximity to the surface of the skin, tendons in the hand are highly susceptible to injury. Jamming a finger, dropping a heavy object on the hand, or laceration of the hand are common injuries that may result in a crushed, torn, or completely severed tendon.
Most tendon injuries require surgical repair to preserve function in the hand and fingers. Tendon repair surgery involves rejoining the healthy ends of a severed or crushed tendon, and can often be performed on an outpatient basis.
Nerves are one of the most crucial components of the hand, because they give sensation to the hand and fingers and enable coordinated motor function directed by the brain. Any injury which cuts, stretches, or places pressure on a nerve in the hand can be extremely painful and may worsen if left untreated.
Once damaged, nerve fibers grow very slowly and will not heal on their own unless the protective layer surrounding the nerve remains in tact. Surgery is typically necessary when a nerve has been severely crushed or severed. The goal of nerve repair surgery is to bring the free ends close enough and promote rejoining of the damaged nerve fibers. Nerve repair surgeries vary in complexity, depending on the type of nerve injury and extent of damage.
Ganglion cysts form on the hand as fluid-filled sacs of soft tissue growth, occurring next to the joints or attached to tendon sheaths. These cysts can be tense and firm like a water balloon, or they can also be more mobile. While it is not known what causes ganglion cyst, it is understood that repetitive stress to the hand or wrist can contribute to its development.
There are several different treatment options for ganglion cyst, depending on the type and severity. The three most common methods of treatment include aspiration (draining the fluid from the cyst), arthroscopic removal (small incisions to remove the cyst with minimal scarring), and open excision (large excision to expose and remove the cyst).
Seek Treatment for Your Hand Injuries
If you have experienced a hand injury, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced hand surgeon. Early treatment can reduce the risk of complications and improve your overall outcome. The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic and plastic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive treatment of hand injuries. If you have any questions or are experiencing symptoms of a tendon, nerve, or bone injury in your hand, contact our surgeons by calling (888) 529-1873 or through the appointment scheduling form on our website.
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