Find Expertise for Hand Surgery
Hand surgery is an orthopedic procedure to treat problems in the hand, wrist, and forearm.
Offering care with humankindness to every patient, Dignity Health performs many types of hand surgery, including:
- Joint replacement
- Nerve surgery
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Tendon surgery
If you’d like to meet with a specialist for hand surgery in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor online or call (888) 981-7501 for a Dignity Health doctor referral.
Why Hand Surgery is Performed
You may be a candidate for hand surgery if noninvasive treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, haven’t been successful. Surgery can treat a range of hand injuries and conditions, including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fractures and sprains
- Nerve injuries
- Trigger finger
Talk with your doctor to see if surgery may be right for you.
Hand Surgery at Dignity Health: What to Expect
Dignity Health’s Bay Area hand surgeons offer expert care at hospitals and outpatient hand surgery centers across the state. Some procedures require an overnight stay, but most allow you to go home the same day. You’ll have general anesthesia so you’ll be asleep and won’t feel any pain. For smaller procedures you may only need regional anesthesia to numb your hand.
Our orthopedic and sports medicine services are offered at these locations in the Bay Area:
- St. Mary’s Medical Center — San Francisco
- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital —San Francisco
- Dominican Hospital — Santa Cruz
- Sequoia Hospital — Redwood City
Hand Surgery Recovery
After surgery, you may need to wear a splint to stabilize your hand or wrist while it heals. Physical therapy may be prescribed to rebuild strength and flexibility, along with exercises you do at home. A good way to relieve swelling and pain is to use the rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) method. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your incision and wound, including any follow-up care you may need.
Full recovery from hand surgery may take several days or months. The goal of treatment is to improve the function of your hand and relieve pain and discomfort, allowing you to do the things you love.For quality hand surgery in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City, visit a Dignity Health Bay Area hospital.