American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

What is Hand Surgery?

If your hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers.

The human hand is one of the most versatile tools in nature. It not only fulfills countless physical functions, it is also a communication and sensory tool. Illness, injury, or a congenital deformity (one present at birth) can diminish the ability to manipulate our hands to grasp, pinch, wave, touch, shake hands, or perform countless other functions.

Some of the more common hand surgery procedures are used to treat victims of trauma, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

In general, hand surgery is a good option for you if:

  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your hand surgery
  • You are committed to following your plastic surgeon's prescribed course of treatment
  • It is necessary to treat wounds and to help painful conditions



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