Hand surgery

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Hand Surgery is a specialized field of surgery that deals with the complexities of the hand, wrist, and forearm. It encompasses a variety of procedures aimed at restoring hand and wrist function, treating injuries, and correcting deformities.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Hand surgeons are trained to treat conditions affecting the bones, joints, connective tissues, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves of the hand and arm. They work to improve not only the functionality but also the appearance of hand and arm structures.

Hand surgery

Conditions Treated[edit | edit source]

Hand surgeons address a wide range of conditions, such as:

Procedures Performed[edit | edit source]

Some of the surgical procedures in this specialty include:

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Tendon repair
  • Reconstruction for rheumatoid hand deformities
  • Fracture fixation
  • Nerve repairs and nerve grafting
  • Microvascular surgery, such as reattachment of amputated fingers or hands

Subspecialties[edit | edit source]

Within hand surgery, there are subspecialties focusing on:

  • Microsurgery
  • Orthopedic hand surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive hand surgery

Training and Certification[edit | edit source]

Training for hand surgery involves completing a residency in orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery, followed by a specialized fellowship in hand surgery. Surgeons can obtain certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery, often with an additional Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in hand surgery.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration[edit | edit source]

Hand surgeons often collaborate with other specialists such as occupational therapists to provide comprehensive care that includes rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Innovations and Research[edit | edit source]

Ongoing research in hand surgery includes advancements in prosthetic hand design, techniques for nerve regeneration, and innovations in minimally invasive surgery.

List of Hand Surgeons (USA)[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

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