Modern hand surgery developed as a separate surgical discipline during the Second World War by a combination of plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons. Hand surgery is unique among surgical specialties because it continues to be a regional specialty rather than a tissue specific specialty. Because plastic surgeons are trained to handle nearly all tissue types, they are uniquely positioned as a specialty to manage all aspects of hand surgery from congenital soft tissue reconstruction to replantation. Plastic surgeons undergo extensive training in hand surgery during their residency.
Our hands are important for many reasons, and without their complete function, we may have difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as eating, dressing ourselves, and working, which allow us to be independent. Optimum hand function requires intact sensation, and also requires that our muscles be able to contract and move our tendons; and our tendons be able to glide and move our joints. Diseases that cause pain, decrease strength and range of motion and impair function may be improved with surgical or non-surgical management by a hand surgeon.
If you have a problem with your hands and are considering surgery, you should speak with a plastic surgeon about your concerns. Dr. Capuano will examine your hands and let you know if surgery or other non-invasive methods of treatment will likely improve your condition. Care is individualized to each patient’s specific goals and functional needs. Do not hesitate to ask questions during the consultation, as this often allows the doctor further insight into your case.
In all types of hand surgery, there are inherent risks. Although the majority of operations are performed without complication, each surgical plan includes a thorough evaluation of risks relative to perceived benefits of the surgery. These risks will be thoroughly discussed with you by the doctor prior to any surgical procedure.
The most common risks include stiffness, weakness, infection, bleeding, loss of sensation, decreased range of motion, delayed healing, and scarring.
Dr. Capuano consistently achieves excellent results with hand surgery. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your options if you are in medical need of a hand surgery.
Recovery time may vary depending on the extent and complexity of surgery, and your ability to heal. Occupational therapy is an important part of the recovery process, and compliance with rehabilitation instructions will help your hands to recover more quickly and completely.
Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.