Do You Need Hand Surgery?
The hands are one of the most important parts of the human body – they aid in our everyday activities whether simple or complex. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for individuals to experience the effects of a hand defect at some point in life. However, surgery is not usually the first option that comes to mind when considering treatment for such conditions.
When the hands stop functioning properly, it’s important to seek treatment in order to reduce further complication, and your options may include surgery. Although a consultation with Dr Damon Thomas is the best way to determine whether hand surgery is right for you, there are other signs that you can take into consideration before coming into his office.
Fingers that have begun to permanently bend may be a result of Dupuytren’s contracture, which occurs when the palmar fascia tissue beneath the skin begins to thicken. The condition can result in one or more fingers bending toward the palm of the hand and making it difficult to perform day-to-day activities.
Clicking or Popping Joints
Clicking or popping joints is a normal occurrence from time to time, but if the condition is happening whenever you make a fist or straighten your fingers, it could be a sign of an underlying condition, especially if the clicking and popping becomes painful.
Pain and Numbness
Whether due to injury or arthritis, pain in the hands is a definite sign that you need to be evaluated by a specialist. Numb hands is another indicator that something is wrong and could be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are two conditions that can cause severe discomfort and disfigurement in the hands. Likewise, a serious injury may be impacting the functionality of your fingers. If any of these conditions are occurring, surgery may be a long-lasting and aesthetically-pleasing solution.
Cysts On or Near the Hands
A ganglion is a type of cyst that is generally found on the tendons or joints near the hands and wrists. Ganglion cysts are noncancerous and generally cause no harm. However, it is possible for these cysts to be positioned in a way that places pressure on a nerve and cause pain. When this occurs, hand surgery can remove the cysts causing discomfort.
Broken bones, lacerations or amputated fingers are all injuries that can be fixed with a surgical procedure. Without surgery, an injury may disfigure the hand and effect its functionality. If trauma to the hands cannot be fixed with a cast or splint, then a surgical procedure would be advisable.
There are other lines of defence against hand conditions that are less invasive and do not involve surgery. Over-the-counter medications and ice compresses are solutions that may provide some relief, but if you are experiencing chronic discomfort, surgery may be a viable option. For more information about hand surgery with Dr Thomas, call us on 03 9034 7738 and schedule a consultation.