Hand Surgery

Hand trauma

Hand Trauma can take two forms: fractures and soft tissue injuries. Fractures are defined as a crack or break in one or more bones in the hand. Soft tissue injuries result from injury to the tendons, ligaments, muscles or the skin of the hand. Both types of hand trauma can lead to permanent damage when left untreated.

For fractures, hand surgery should be considered in cases where the bones are loose or when the bone has pierced through the skin. Surgery often entails implanting screws, wires or plates in the hand to secure the bones in place. Depending on the extent of the break, your doctor may remove the implant once the fracture has healed.

Hand surgery for soft tissue injuries can take many different forms depending on the extent of the injury and the structures affected. The goal of soft tissue hand surgery is to restore both joint stability and the functional capacity of the affected tendons, muscles and ligaments. For both types of hand trauma, surgery may be performed in the doctor’s office or in an operating room environment, depending on the severity of the injury.

Risks & Possible Complications

Risks & Possible Complications for Hand Trauma Surgery

  • Scarring: Visible scars at the site of injury and surgical intervention.
  • Infection: Risk of infection at the incision or injury site.
  • Nerve Damage: Temporary or permanent numbness, tingling, or weakness.
  • Stiffness: Postoperative stiffness or reduced range of motion.
  • Nonunion or Malunion: Improper healing of fractured bones.
  • Tendon Injury: Damage to tendons requiring further repair.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): A chronic pain condition that can develop after surgery.
  • Loss of Function: Inability to regain full function of the hand.

Call us to Discuss Your Hand Trauma Procedure Options

More often than not, the longer you put off getting treatment for a hand-related condition the worse it gets. What starts out as a mild discomfort or minor problem can soon turn into a serious condition. A consultation with one of our specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons will not only answer all your questions, but also help you determine whether hand surgery is necessary.

At Niche Plastic Surgery, our team is made up of qualified hand surgeons. Our established facility has provided treatment and services for over three decades. We serve patients from St Vincents, Latrobe, St Vincents Kew and East Melbourne, as well as other nearby areas. To schedule a consultation, contact Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.