Many advances in hand surgery have been made in recent years to correct imperfections caused by injury or birth defects.
Hand surgery may also be performed to correct the effects of a traumatic injury, inflammatory disorders, a surgical procedure or aging, and is occasionally performed for purely cosmetic reasons. Hand surgeons work closely with occupational therapists and other surgeons to achieve an optimal result.
Common reasons to be referred to a hand surgeon include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Congenital defects
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Traumatic injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Degenerative arthritic conditions
- Additional peripheral nerve entrapments
- Wrist arthroscopy