When one or both of our hands are injured, whether due to trauma or not it is difficult to live normally. There are various types of therapeutic and noninvasive treatment options to repair hand injuries, but severe cases may require surgery.
There are many types of hand surgery that can help you regain your hand’s mobility and function. Let’s take a look at some of them here:
Hand Fracture Surgery
Hand fractures are among the most common types of hand injuries. If the fracture is severe, such as in a displaced (shifted) break, surgery may be necessary to ensure that the bone heals properly.
Surgical repair of broken hand bones includes the use of medical-grade screws, plates, pins, and/or rods. After the surgery, the hand will often need to be immobilized to keep the bones in place while they heal. Therapy will likely be recommended by your surgeon in order to regain motion and eventually strengthen the hand once there’s enough healing.
A fasciectomy may be necessary for severe cases of Dupuytren’s disease. Also called Dupuytren’s contracture, this condition causes tissues in the palm of the hand to tighten and thicken, so one or more fingers remain bent down toward the palm. This contracture may cause some initial discomfort but mainly can affect your motion and use of your hand if the contracture becomes severe.
During this type of hand operation, your surgeon will release and/or remove some of the knotted tissues underneath the skin in order to release the contracting pressure in the hand. This condition often returns and if so, the surgeon will discuss with you the best treatment options moving forward.
A tendon is the thick connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Tendon injuries can be caused by hand trauma, damage, or rupture, and can either be a partial or full tear.
A full tendon tear often needs to be surgically repaired in order to heal. If surgery is needed, the hand surgeon will stitch together the severed ends of the tendon, and you will likely need to wear a protective splint and also often need outpatient therapy while it heals.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery
This common hand condition involves the median nerve that travels through the wrist to the thumb-side fingers. When this nerve is compressed, it may require surgical treatment if less-invasive therapies are not working.
In carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, the surgeon will release the pressure by opening the tunnel. This should remove the compression to prevent further damage to the nerve.