The hands are one of the most important parts of the body, as we rely on them to perform many basic functions. If you have suffered from an injury, medical condition, or other trauma, hand reconstruction can help restore hand function and appearance. Newport Plastic Surgery offers these services through Dr. Go, a triple board-certified plastic and hand surgery physician in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, and the surrounding areas of California.
What is Hand Reconstruction?
Hand reconstructive surgery can help improve the range of motion, function, and appearance of the fingers and hands. Hand reconstruction techniques can be used to correct a variety of conditions, injuries, and abnormalities. Common conditions that can benefit from hand reconstructive surgery include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist most often associated with repetitive motion, overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, damage to the nerve, or by rheumatoid arthritis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by pain, tingling or numbness, and weakness in the fingers.
- Trigger finger, a form of stenosing tenosynovitis that leads to locking or clicking of the fingers due to a thickened and inflamed tendon sheath in the hand, often related to overuse, repetitive trauma, and pressure, but can also be related to diabetes, thyroid problems, and other inflammatory diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic disease that can cause severe inflammation throughout the body, particularly in the joints. This results in joint deformation and impairs movement of the limbs, joints, and fingers.
- Dupuytren’s contracture causes restricted movement by the formation of thick, scar-like tissue bands. These form within the palm and often extends into the fingers, causing the hand and fingers to become bent into an abnormal position.
- Acute fractures of the bones in the fingers, hand, wrist, or distal radius
- Acute tendon laceration injuries leading to loss of range of motion
Of note, Dr. Go has completed an orthopedic-based hand surgery fellowship and is additionally board-certified in Hand Surgery, for which he has performed hundreds of hand surgical cases over the years and considers it to be one of his main areas of expertise that he enjoys doing.
How Much Does Hand Reconstruction Cost?
The cost of a hand reconstruction procedure can vary depending on the extent of treatment necessary to deliver optimal results. In some cases, your health insurance provider may cover a portion of the cost of treatment. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Go of Newport Plastic Surgery, his staff will review your insurance coverage in order to determine the situation. However, please note that Dr. Go is out-of-network with all insurance carriers and worker’s compensation networks, meaning that there are no guarantees that they will cover the cost of your treatment, which you will be responsible for. We offer competitive out-of-pocket rates for hand surgeries and reconstructive procedures. We do offer financing through CareCredit® to make this and other treatments more affordable.
Am I A Candidate for Hand Surgery?
You may be an excellent candidate for hand surgery if:
- You are in general good health
- You do not smoke
- You are realistic about your desired results
What is Involved in Hand Reconstruction Surgery?
Your hand reconstructive surgery procedure will vary depending on the condition being treated. For all hand surgeries, we use local sedation or general anesthesia to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient. The incisions that are required will depend on the patient’s condition, but we make every effort to keep scarring minimal. In some cases, skin grafts or other grafts will be needed to fully restore the function and appearance of the hand. During your consultation, Dr. Go will tell you what you can expect during your surgery.
At Newport Plastic Surgery, Dr. Go takes pride in making hand surgery one of his areas of expertise that he enjoys doing. He has performed hundreds of these procedures over the years and is confident in achieving his patients’ goals in the safest and most effective manner possible.
What is Recovery Like After Hand Reconstruction?
Your recovery from hand reconstruction will largely depend on the extent of surgery performed as well as the condition being treated. Typically, patients will recover from the surgery within a few weeks. You may experience some swelling, bruising, or discomfort in the hand initially, but these effects will fade with time. In some cases, it can take months with hand therapy to regain range of motion and function in the hand, and occasionally stiffness may be permanent depending on the severity of the original injury. However, this will vary by patient.
Dr. Go is triple board-certified in plastic and hand surgery and fellowship-trained in hand surgery, and has performed hundreds of restorative procedures throughout his career in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation at Newport Plastic Surgery, contact us today.