Hand surgery is a general term that incorporates a wide range of different types of hand surgery. The plastic surgeons who perform hand surgery try to restore not only the function of the hand, but also maximize its aesthetic appearance. Hand surgery may be performed for many reasons, including but not limited to, the following: hand trauma, rheumatic changes in the structures of the hand, congenital deformities (present at birth) and infections.
Reconstructive plastic surgery solves a multitude of problems and pathologies of the hand: bone and tendon traumatic injuries, degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, nerve compressions such as the carpal tunnel syndrome, retractions of the palmar fascia (Dupuytren’s disease) or hand tumors.
Reconstructive microsurgery does not only allow us to reimplant an amputated limb immediately after an accident, but also transfer toes on hand in order to recover the function or aesthetics of partial or complete amputations of fingers that have not been urgently reimplanted.
TYPE OF INTERVENTION: Surgical
TYPE OF ANESTHESIA: Local (in some cases general)
AVERAGE SURGICAL TIME: 1-3 h
AVERAGE HOSPITALIZATION TIME: Not required, but in some cases the surgeon requires 24 h
AVERAGE POST-DISCHARGE RECOVERY TIME: 1-6 days, depending on the type of surgery, difficulty, process etc.
LEVEL OF SATISFACTION: Satisfactory (functional) and very high in simple cases (total recovery)