Hand surgery is an orthopedic procedure that involve the fingers, hands and wrists and sometimes the forearms, elbows and shoulders.
Hand surgery is meant to help alleviate restricted range of motion, to repair muscles, tendons or bones damaged through injury or disease, as well as to restore the appearance of hands and fingers in the case of disfigurement or birth defects.
Early repair and grafting is an essential component of hand surgery. Nerve repair is important because a delay in reconnecting the nerve fibers may affect the recovery of sensation in the hand. Restoration of sensation in the hand is necessary if the patient is to recover a reasonable level of functionality. Next, the bones in the hand must be stabilized in a fixed position before the surgeon can repair joints or tendons. Joint mobility may be restored by specific tendon repairs or grafts. In some cases, the patient’s hand may require several operations over a period of time to complete the repair.
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CostsA surgeonâ€™s cost may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic location.
Cost may include: surgeonâ€™s fee, hospital or surgical facility costs, anesthesia fees, prescriptions for medication, post-surgery garments and medical tests.
Surgeon FeesAs surgeon fees vary, you will need to speak with your surgeon to determine his/her costs.
RecoveryAftercare following hand surgery may include one or more of the following, depending on the specific procedure: oral painkilling medications, anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, splinting, traction, special dressings to reduce swelling, and heat or massage therapy. Because the hand is a very sensitive part of the body, the patient may experience severe pain for several days after surgery.
Exercise therapy is an important part of aftercare for most patients who are recovering from hand surgery. A rehabilitation hand specialist will demonstrate exercises for the hand, instruct the patient in proper wound care , massage the hand and wrist, and perform an ongoing assessment of the patient’s recovery of strength and range of motion in the hand.