Dr. Mark S. Anthony, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Dawn M. Heil, M.D., F.A.C.S.


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                                                                        Hand Surgery

What is hand surgery?

If your hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth.

What hand surgery can treat

Carpal tunnel syndrome: A condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. You might feel pain, a tingling sensation, numbness of the fingers, weakness or aching. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with multiple conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel or rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis: A disabling disease that can cause severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers, cause pain and impair movement.

Dupuytren's contracture: A disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.

Now there is a procedure that can be done for Dupuytren’s contractures that does not involve a surgical procedure.  The Dupuytren’s cord can be injected with a drug called Xiaflex.  Xiaflex is an FDA approved drug.

Hand surgery words to know:


Carpal tunnel syndrome:  
A condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist or carpal tunnel causing pain, tingling and numbness.

Dupuytren's contracture:
A disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.

Extensor tendon:
A tendon which serves to extend a finger or hand.

Flexor tendon:
A tendon which serves to bend a finger or hand.

General anesthesia:
Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Skin Grafting:
Tissue taken from other parts of the body.

Intravenous sedation:
Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Microsurgery:
High magnification to repair or reconnect severed nerves and tendons, common in trauma cases and often used to reattach severed fingers or limbs.

Polydactyly:
The presence of extra fingers.

Rheumatoid arthritis:
A disabling disease that can cause severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers and impair movement.

Syndactyly:
When fingers are fused together at birth.

Tendon:
A tough cord or band of dense white fibrous connective tissue that unites a muscle with some other part.

Tenolysis:
A surgical procedure to free a tendon from surrounding adhesions.

Trigger finger:
An abnormal condition in which flexion or extension of a finger may be momentarily obstructed by spasm followed by a snapping into place.

Z-plasty:
A surgical incision technique that creates small triangular flaps of tissue that help to close wounds over areas of the hand where bending or flexing is essential to function, such as around knuckles