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Exploring Your Need for Hand Surgery on the Central Coast

Living with a hand condition or injury can be painful, and it can limit your movement and your ability to easily carry out normal routines.

If you have continual hand pain and treatments have failed to make the pain go away, your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor can discuss the benefits of hand surgery with you. Find a Doctor today to determine whether hand surgery on the Central Coast of California can help you heal and return to your day-to-day activities.


Learning More about Types of Hand Surgery at Dignity Health Central Coast

Hand surgery refers to surgical procedures that treat and heal problems with your wrist, forearm, or hand. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor can help you understand different types of hand surgery, including:

  • Joint replacement, which replaces diseased wrist, finger, or knuckle joints
  • Arthroscopy, which allows your surgeon to take a look inside a joint, making necessary repairs
  • Replantation, which follows accidental amputation, and reattaches fingers or hands

Hand surgery also can also involve nerve and tendon surgery as well as skin grafts and flaps. 

Surgical options can help treat a wide range of hand conditions, including arthritis, trigger finger, nerve injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Hand surgery also can benefit you if you have Dupuytren’s contracture or have hand and wrist injuries.


Prepping for Your Hand Surgery

What you can expect during and following your hand surgery at Dignity Health Central Coast depends on the type of surgery you have. In some cases, you will have an outpatient procedure and return home the same day. In other cases, your hand surgery will require a hospital stay.

You may be given regional anesthesia, if only numbing your hand is necessary, or your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may use general anesthesia, which puts you into a type of deep sleep.


Healing from Your Hand Surgery

You doctor will provide specific instructions on ways to help you heal, including compression, elevation, ice, and plenty of rest. You may feel fully recovered after just several days, or it may take several months for total recovery. 

Following your hand surgery, you may need to wear a splint to keep your wrist stable. To help improve movement, your trusted Dignity Health Central Coast health care provider may recommend physical therapy. You also will have the opportunity to do certain exercises or stretches in the comfort of your home.

Contact Dignity Health to learn more from a trusted doctor about hand surgery on the Central Coast.

Dignity Health’s orthopedic surgeons offer quality, personal care for hand conditions and injuries, including hand surgeries, on the Central Coast of California.