Hand Surgery

In hand surgery, Dr. Alfaro can treat patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects. Both function and appearance can be improved. A wide range of hand problems can be treated, especially injuries to the skin, bones, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and even the joints.

Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, dupuytren's contracture and syndactyly can be treated.

What to Expect During Hand Surgery

What is it? Reconstructive surgery to address hand disorders, treat hand injuries or correct hand defects
Inpatient / Outpatient Either. Usually outpatient
Surgery time: Varies depending on the operation performed
Recovery time: Recovery time varies, and may require  rehabilitation with a trained hand therapist.

How Hand Surgery Works

Hand surgeries vary widely. A traumatic hand injury can be brought to the O.R. during an emergency or as a slightly delayed, but urgent, procedure. Some procedures are done with general anesthesia, while others use local anesthesia, which numbs only the arm and hand.

Procedures

Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition characterized by pain, tingling, numbness and impaired hand function, can often be addresed with a procedure called carpal tunnel release. This procedure can relieve built up pressure within the carpal tunnel. With an incision from the middle of the palm toward the wrist, the doctor releases the tissue that is pressing on the nerves. The results is relief from pain, tingling and numbness.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes deformation of the finger joints. It forces the fingers into a bent position, which hinders their movement. Physical therapy or special splints may help, but corrective surgery offers the best solution for many people. A surgeon may remove tissue from inflamed joints, reposition tendons, or implant artificial joints. The hand may not completely regain function, but a significant improvement can be achieved.

Dupuytren's contracture is marked by thick, scar-like tissue that forms under the skin of the palm, which can extend into the fingers and pull them toward the palm. This can greatly restrict hand motion. Treatment involves cutting and separating the bands of thickened tissue, which frees the tendons and improves finger movement.

Congenital hand deformities can interfere with normal hand growth and seriously impair function. Many hand deformities can be addressed at a very early age; in some cases they are even corrected during infancy. Some of the common hand deformities include syndactyly, short fingers, missing fingers, misshaped fingers, immobile tendons, and abnormal nerves or blood vessels.

Scheduling Your Hand Surgery in Tucson

If you are ready to discuss hand surgery with a board certified plastic surgeon, we encourage you to call the office of Dr. Armando Alfaro in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Alfaro can answer your questions and discuss the details of this procedure. Call our office at 520‐323‐9720 to schedule a consultation.