Hand surgery in Tampa can involve any number of surgical techniques designed to treat traumatic injuries or limited function resulting from various disorders. A plastic and reconstructive surgeon can help restore both form and function by treating injuries to tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and joints, as well as fractured bones, burns, and cuts. Techniques may include grafting, flap surgery, replantation or transplantation.
When to Consider Hand Surgery in Tampa
Common indications for hand surgery include:
- Advanced rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel
- Dupuytrens contracture
Your Hand Surgery with Dr. Albear
The surgical approach that Dr. Albear recommends will depend largely on what condition you hope to address. Some procedures may require advanced microsurgery, endoscopy, arthroscopy, skin flaps or tissue grafts.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, your surgery will focus on removing the inflamed joint tissue that causes pain and limits your hand function and range of motion. The ligaments and other structures may be moved aside to access and remove the inflamed joint lining. This procedure is often conducted using arthroscopy, in which case a thin tube with a light source, or arthroscope, is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
Another common procedure is carpal tunnel release, which can relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you experience tingling, numbness, aching and hindered function of the hands, this procedure may be right for you. Dr. Albear makes an incision from the palm to the wrist. Next, the doctor enters the carpal tunnel and cuts the transverse carpal ligament to release the pressure on the median nerve.
What Happens After Hand Surgery?
To help manage discomfort after surgery, Dr. Albear may prescribe injections or oral pain medication, and antibiotics. Special dressings may be applied to reduce swelling.
With hand surgery, rehabilitation is imperative in regaining movement and strength and should be expected as a part of your aftercare program. A splint may be necessary during recovery and you may be advised to perform certain exercises of with the hands. Heat or massage therapy may also be recommended as part of a continued pain maintenance program.