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Encyclopedia > Hand surgery

The field of hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity (commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder). Hand surgery may be practiced by graduates of general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons receive significant training in hand surgery, with some graduates continuing on to do an additional one year hand fellowship. These fellowships are also pursued by general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons. Plastic surgeons are particularly well suited to handle traumatic hand and digit amputations that require a "replant" operation. Plastic surgeons are trained to reconstruct all aspects to salvage the appendage: blood vessels, nerves, tendons, muscle, bone. Hand surgeons perform a wide variety of operations such as fracture repairs, nerve decompressions, and reconstruction of injuries, rheumatoid deformities and congenital defects. A surgeon operating General Surgery deals with surgical treatment of abdominal organs, e. ... Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (BE: orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with acute, chronic, traumatic and recurrent injuries and other disorders of the locomotor system, its musclular and bone parts. ... Plastic surgery is a general term for operative manual and instrumental treatment which is performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. ... Plastic surgery is a general term for operative manual and instrumental treatment which is performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. ... The arterial system The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... Nerves (yellow)    Nerves redirects here. ... A tendon or sinew is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. ... A top-down view of skeletal muscle Muscle is a contractile form of tissue. ... Grays illustration of a human femur, a typically recognized bone. ... Hand Surgeons are a surgical subspecialty specializing in the care and treatment of problems relating to the hand, wrist, and elbow. ...


Indications

The following conditions can be indications for hand surgery:

A human hand typically has four fingers and a thumb The hand (med. ... Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing symptoms like tingling, pain, coldness, and sometimes weakness in parts of the hand. ... Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints. ... Dupuytrens contracture is a fixed flexion contracture of the hand where the fingers bend towards the palm and cannot be fully extended (straightened). ... A congenital disorder is a medical condition that is present at birth. ...

See also

A human hand typically has four fingers and a thumb The hand (med. ... Plastic surgery is a general term for operative manual and instrumental treatment which is performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. ...

External links

  • Electronic Textbook of Hand Surgery
  • HandWorld: Information for Patients

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Hand Surgery Information on Healthline (860 words)
Hand surgery includes procedures that treat traumatic injuries of the hands, including closed-fist injuries; congenital deformities; repetitive stress injuries; deformities caused by arthritis and similar disorders affecting the joints; nail problems; and tendon repair.
The central priority of the hand surgeon is adequate reconstruction of the skin, bone, nerve, tendon, and joint(s) in the hand.
The most common congenital hand deformity is syndactyly, in which two or more fingers are fused together or joined by webbing; and polydactyly, in which the person is born with an extra finger, often a duplication of the thumb.
Hand surgery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (183 words)
The field of hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity (commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder).
Hand surgery may be practiced by graduates of general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery.
Hand surgeons perform a wide variety of operations such as fracture repairs, nerve decompressions, and reconstruction of injuries, rheumatoid deformities and congenital defects.
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