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Hand Reconstructive Surgery

Hand Reconstructive Surgery services offered in San Marcos, Encinitas and San Diego, CA

If you experience a hand injury or have a deformity that interferes with everyday activities, hand reconstructive surgery might be your answer. Fellowship-trained hand surgeon Anisa Yalom, MD, in northern San Diego, California, has the expertise to restore your hand function. She offers microvascular, reconstructive nerve and hand surgery to give you normal use of your hand. Book an appointment today by clicking online or calling the office today.

Hand Reconstructive Surgery Q & A

What is hand reconstructive surgery?

Hand reconstructive surgery is a specialized branch of surgery aimed at restoring function, appearance, and mobility to the hand and fingers following trauma, injury, congenital deformities, or degenerative conditions. 

Dr. Yalom is highly specialized in hand reconstructive surgery and has the expertise to perform this intricate surgical procedure, focusing on repairing, reshaping, or rebuilding the structures within the hand to enhance its overall functionality and aesthetic.

When is hand reconstructive surgery necessary?

Hand reconstructive surgery might be necessary if you experience severe hand injuries that might include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendon or nerve damage
  • Extensive tissue loss from accidents, burns, or other traumatic incidents

Congenital abnormalities present at birth, like extra or fused digits may also require reconstructive intervention to improve hand function and appearance. 

Chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis that cause joint damage and deformities might lead to the need for reconstructive surgery to alleviate pain and restore mobility.

What types of hand reconstructive surgery can be performed?

Various types of hand reconstructive surgeries are tailored to address specific issues, such as tendon repair or transfer procedures involving reattaching or moving tendons to restore grip and finger movement. 

Nerve repair or grafting may be performed to reestablish sensory and motor functions. Joint reconstruction or replacement procedures help alleviate pain and improve joint function. Skin grafting and flap surgeries cover tissue loss and promote wound healing. 

In some cases, bone grafts or implants are needed to reconstruct missing bone structures. Thumb reconstruction is another specialized area, often addressing thumb loss or severe deformity.

What is recovery like after hand reconstructive surgery?

Recovery involves several phases. In the immediate postoperative period, pain management and wound care are essential. 

Immobilization with splints or casts may be recommended to protect the surgical site. Physical therapy helps you regain the affected hand's strength, flexibility, and coordination. 

You can also engage in recommended exercises to gradually increase your range of motion and muscle strength. The duration of recovery varies depending on the type and extent of surgery, but it often involves several weeks to months of rehabilitation.

During the recovery phase, you have regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, address any complications, and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

To learn more about hand reconstructive surgery, call or book an appointment online today.