Hand Surgery

Among the reconstructive procedures we perform is hand surgery, which can repair deformities or trauma that may inhibit hand mobility. These procedures will help:
  • Regain hand mobility
  • Repair injuries
  • Correct defects, deformities or disorders

Who should undergo hand surgery?

Whether you have a hand with a deformity from birth or a hand that has suffered some sort of trauma, the plastic surgery team has the skills to work toward restoring its mobility.

Hand surgery is commonly used to repair the following: injured tendons, nerves, blood vessels and joints; fractured bones; burns, cuts and other injuries as well as congenital defects. Various repair techniques may include grafting, flap surgery, as well as replantation or transplantation. Read Steve Pelegrin's story of his woodworking accident and successful replantation surgery.

How hand surgery works

As hand-related issues vary, so do the techniques the plastic surgery team uses to correct them.

Carpal tunnel incisionCarpal tunnel outcome
During carpal tunnel release, an incision is made from the middle

of your palm to your wrist. The surgeon cuts the tissue that is pressing
on the median nerve causing the uncomfortable pressure.

When correcting rheumatoid arthritis, your surgeon will remove the inflamed joint tissue through a small incision. A small device called an arthroscope may be used to conduct the procedure.

Dupuytren's contracture incisionsDupuytren's contracture outcome
Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that limits movement of the fingers

can be treated by cutting the scar-like tissue that pulls down on your fingers.
Skin grafts are sometimes necessary to replace skin following the procedure.

Syndactyly is a condition of two or more fingers being fused together.

SyndactylySyndactyly outcome
Syndactyly is treated by separating the skin between the fingers and

then using skin grafts on the insides of the fingers.

What should I expect after hand surgery?

Depending on the type of hand surgery you undergo, you may experience mild to severe pain following the procedure. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe injection or oral medication. You will also undergo rehabilitation with a trained hand therapist to regain mobility of your hands. Other additional treatments, like nerve stimulation or massage therapies may also be required.

Possible risks associated with hand surgery may include infection, poor healing, loss of feeling or motion, and blood clots.

Learn more about hand surgery in Kansas City

If you struggle with limited mobility in one or both of your hands, contact us to learn how this skilled team of surgeons can use advanced techniques to help you.