Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA
Your hands are incredibly complex structures, which allows them to perform a variety of daily tasks but also makes them vulnerable to injury. If you live in Metairie, Louisiana, and you have problems with your hands, Luis Espinoza, MD, and the highly skilled team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine provide prompt, accurate diagnoses and state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of hand conditions. To learn more about hand surgery, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Hand Surgery Q & A
Why would I need hand surgery?
You may need hand surgery to treat a disease that impairs the use of your hand, causes pain, or decreases flexibility and mobility in your wrist and fingers. One of the most common reasons you may need hand surgery is to alleviate the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition in which the median nerve that runs through your wrist and hand becomes compressed. Carpal tunnel release surgery relieves the pressure on your median nerve so you can regain the function of your hand and reduce painful symptoms.
Many men and women seek hand surgery to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes severe inflammation in the joints. If your fingers become deformed or you have impaired mobility, hand surgery can help relieve the pain and restore movement.
You may also need hand surgery to:
- Correct sports injuries involving your hand or wrist
- Repair a tendon
- Repair a nerve in your hand or wrist
- Replace a joint in your fingers
Some injuries and conditions respond well to physical therapy; not all of them require surgery.
What is recovery like after hand surgery?
Recovery after hand surgery depends on your specific condition or the severity of your injury. Some conditions are treatable with arthroscopic hand surgery, a less invasive procedure than open surgery, so recovery time is quicker and there are fewer risks involved.
As you recover, you may need to wear a bandage or splint to temporarily immobilize your hand, wrist, and fingers. You may also benefit from physical therapy and specific exercises designed to help you regain mobility, flexibility, and strength.
Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine provides dedicated on-site physical therapists and a rehabilitation facility to help you recover as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. Your surgeon communicates your specific needs to the physical therapy team, so you get the individualized care you need as you recover.
Hand surgery may be your first step on the road to recovering the full function of your hand without pain or limitations.
Am I a good candidate for hand surgery?
Hand surgery can benefit people of all ages, and your recovery is typically easier if you’re a non-smoker and you don’t have any preexisting medical conditions that may inhibit healing.
As long as you follow your surgeon’s and physical therapist’s instructions and keep a positive outlook, you may be an ideal candidate for hand surgery that allows you to live a more active lifestyle without pain.
To learn more about hand surgery, call Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine or request an appointment online.