Tips for Finding a Hand Surgeon

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Our hands are an essential component of the body both from a functional and a cosmetic standpoint. When there is a problem that affects the appearance of the hands or prevents them from working correctly, it can impact every aspect of our lives. Repair to reverse an injury or a medical condition must be done with both form and function considered to ensure a successful procedure. To produce the best possible outcome from your hand surgery, it is always preferable to select an experienced, qualified reconstructive specialist for the job. We have a few tips to help you find the best hand surgeon for you.

Reasons You Might Need Hand Surgery

Before you can choose a hand surgeon, you need to determine whether surgery is the right step for you. There are different conditions and concerns regarding the hand that might require surgical treatment:

Dupuytren’s Contracture

This disorder is more disfiguring than painful, but it can severely impact your ability to perform even the simplest daily functions. It occurs when fibrous tissue underneath the surface of the skin thickens, resulting in one or more fingers becoming bent inward permanently. Surgery is often needed to excise the tissue and straighten the finger.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Known as a repetitive motion injury by some, this condition is caused by pressure on the major nerve that leads to the hand. The pressure may result in both numbness and pain in the wrist and hand, which often worsens at night. Surgery to release the tension may be needed to achieve long-lasting relief.

Trigger Finger

This condition, characterised by a painful popping or cracking in one or more of the fingers when they are bent or straightened, occurs when the tendons in the finger thicken. This thickening leads to the tendon becoming “stuck” in the tunnel that runs from the finger to the hand, which results in the cracking sensation. Surgery is sometimes required to create a smoother movement through the tunnel and alleviate the popping action.

Ganglions Cysts

that form around the finger joints are not typically malignant, but they can be bothersome if they grow large and cause pain. Large ganglions can also become unsightly and disfiguring, even affecting the function of the finger in some cases. Surgery to remove the ganglions is often needed to restore both the form and function of the hand.

Arthritis

Both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are debilitating conditions that can impact the appearance of the hand as well as its ability to complete tasks. Many patients receive sufficient, albeit temporary, relief from non-surgical treatments. However, surgery is often advised to provide more dramatic, long-lasting improvement.

Trauma

Because the hands are used in a wide range of capacities, they also tend to be more prone to injuries that the other areas of the body. Fractures, lacerations and even amputations may require surgical intervention to restore both form and function.

What to Look for in a Hand Surgeon

When you need hand surgery, finding the right physician for the task can make all the difference in the effectiveness of your procedure. A surgeon that specialises in cosmetic procedures, as well as hand treatments, will be equipped to offer the best aesthetic result while restoring the function of the hand. Surgeons that perform delicate surgeries like facelifts and nose reshaping on a regular basis have the experience and necessary skills to produce the best outcome for patients seeking hand surgery as well.

Why Dr Thomas is a Top Choice in Hand Surgeons

As you search for a surgeon for your hand surgery, qualifications are an important factor to keep in mind. Selecting a surgeon that is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in plastic surgery lets you know the doctor is committed to the field of hand surgery and holds to the highest possible standards in safety and patient care. With this type of qualification, coupled with many years of practice experience, you can rest assured you will receive the highest standard of treatment when you undergo hand surgery. Dr Thomas is fellowship trained not only in plastic and reconstructive surgery but also hand and microsurgery including paediatric and adult hand surgery.

Dr Damon Thomas has the qualifications listed above, as well as the experience you are looking for in a hand surgeon. To schedule your consultation today, contact his Melbourne office on 03 9508 9508.