The Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican plastic and reconstructive surgeons treat a wide variety of hand conditions, repairing hands damaged by illness or accident, repetitive stress or other hand conditions.
When you have difficulty using your hands it can affect all aspects of your life. You use your hands to perform nearly every daily task, from caring for yourself and your family and working, to personal enjoyment such as art, gardening and other hobbies. Because the anatomy of the hand is complicated, it is important that you choose a surgeon that has special training in hand surgery.
The Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican plastic and reconstructive surgeons treat a wide variety of hand conditions, repairing hands damaged by illness or accident, repetitive stress or other hand conditions. Recovery from hand surgery usually involves specialized hand therapy. Dominican Hospital’s Hand Rehabilitation Center employees some of Santa Cruz’s top hand therapists who are available to assist you regain your maximum hand function.
Hand conditions treated by the Dominican Medical Group plastic and reconstructive surgeons include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Contracture release
- Fractures and dislocations
- Ganglion cysts/mucous cysts
- Miscellaneous masses
- Nerve repair and nerve grafting
- Syndactyly release
- Tendon transfers
- Tendon/ligament repair
- Trigger fingers
- Dupuytren's contracture (non-surgical treatment option)
- Dupuytren's disease is a benign process which causes contracture, or scarring, of the tissues just under the skin in the hand. This process starts as small lumps and bumps in the palm, but can progress to the point where your fingers are bent and cannot be straightened.
- Treatment for Dupuytren's disease is based on releasing the contracted tissue to allow you to straighten your fingers and improve your ability to use your hand. Historically, the only effective treatment options were surgical. Recently, the FDA approved an injection treatment that may be useful for some patients. This medication, Xiaflex, dissolves the contracted tissue. Treatments may need to be repeated once a month for up to three months.