Hand Surgery

Hand Surgery Adelaide

Dr Lam offers hand surgery for a variety of complaints and ailments

Hand surgery encompasses a range of treatments to restore form and function of the hand. Common hand injuries that are treated by surgery include:

  • Fractured bones
  • Injured nerves, blood vessels
  • Burns or cuts

Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s Contracture can also be treated by surgery.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Your carpal tunnel is a passageway through the wrist. It carries tendons as well as one the hand’s major nerves. Pressure can build up within this tunnel as a result of disease, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury, repetitive motion or overuse.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the nerve within the tunnel. You can recognise this syndrome by a tingling sensation, aching, numbness and impaired function.

Before surgery is attempted, you hand might be put in a splint and you’ll take anti-inflammatories. If this doesn’t work, then you may require surgery.

This aim of this surgery is to replace pressure by removing the tissue causing the pressure on the nerve. How successful the surgery is will be determined by the severity of the problem and how long you’ve had the condition.

If you would like to know more about treating carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact us today.

Treating Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture often develops during mid-life and the cause is unknown, although it does tend to run in families. This disorder is of the skin and underlying tissue—specifically on the palm side of the hand.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons characterise Dupuytren’s Contracture as “a disorder of the skin and underlying tissue on the palm side of the hand. Thick, scar-like tissue forms under the skin of the palm and may extend into the fingers, pulling them toward the palm and restricting motion.”

The only way to treat this disorder is with surgery. Dr Lam, a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon and has performed the surgery with a high degree of success. It should be noted that this is a delicate operation and its success does—in part—depend on the severity of the condition. However, after successful surgery you can expect significant improvement.

Hand surgery in Adelaide

If you need surgical help to restore the use of your hands, please contact Cranford House Plastic Surgery. Our friendly team are always here to help and will answer any surgery-related questions you may have.