Our hand, in its many purposes, has got to be one of the most important parts of our body. Through our hands we are able to eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. The complexities of our hands require sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. Whenever a problem takes place in any areas of the hand, then care must be given equally to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand perfectly possible. If the problem is drastic, then it is Hand surgery that is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. The Hand surgeons care for these problems, and even without surgery they are also specially trained to operate when necessary. Many hand surgeons are also experts in diagnosing and caring for shoulder and elbow problems at the same time because they are generally orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand. Through them, dramatic advances have been made in recent years for patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. And surprisingly, at the forefront of these advances have been plastic surgeons-specialists whose major interest is improving both function as well as appearance. There are also plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, along with orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons. They join the force of doctors who treat patients with a wide range of hand problems.
If you decided to go through hand surgery, then you will receive important anesthesia instructions for you to follow before your surgery. It is very important for the comfort and success of your surgery for you to following these anesthesia guidelines. Among the techniques used by plastic surgeons for your hand, includes Grafting, which is the transfer of skin, bone, nerves, or other tissue from a healthy part of the body to repair the injured part. There is also the Flap surgery, which is moving the skin along with its underlying fat, blood vessels, and muscle from a healthy part of the body to the injured site. The replantation or transplantation of hand, meanwhile, is restoring accidentally amputated fingers or hands using microsurgery. This in turn, is an extremely precise and delicate surgery performed under magnification.
Some injuries o the hand may require several operations over an extended period of time. In many cases, also, the surgery alone can already restore a significant degree of feeling and function to injured hands. However, recovery may take months, and a period of hand therapy will most often be needed for a full recovery. Some patients actually go to recovery and rehabilitation centers.
Before Hand Surgery
If you’re considering hand surgery, prior to all things, a consultation with a plastic surgeon is vital and a good place to start. The surgeon will examine your hands as well as discuss the possible methods of treatment for your problem. They will then confirm and let you know if your surgery is indeed warranted. If it is, then the surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail. Please consider along the mundane important details, about where your surgery will be performed, it can be in the surgeon’s office, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. Consider also the anesthesia and surgical techniques that will be used, the possible risks and complications, the recovery and rehabilitation period, and the probable outcome. Berrealisitic in your expectations and don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have during the initial consultation. Since hand surgery is performed primarily to correct physical abnormalities, it can be covered by insurance so check your policy or call your carrier to be sure. Please take note of what to bring for the consulation: Insurance cards, a Workers’ Compensation and insurance forms that need to be completed, a list of current medications, an inhaler (if you are using one), your insulin (if you are an insulin dependent diabetic) and then wear contact lenses, and bring the lens case as well.
Prior to the surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes. Sleeves should be loose enough to fit easily over the bandages. Do not bring jewelry or other valuables to keep them safe and if you have a ring that will not come off the operative hand, go to a jeweler prior to surgery and have it removed.
After your procedure, remember to have someone stay with you for at least 24 hours following surgery. Also, take it easy with your activities, until your physician says you can return to your normal routine. Whatever happens, do not drive, operate machinery, or power tools and do not drink alcoholic beverages or take any medication not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours after surgery as well. Keep to heart that you have to follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication and do not hesitate to contact your physician if you feel you are having problems. However, if your doctor is not available, you can call the nearest hospital emergency room.
If you are living with one hand, you can ask for help with household chores, childcare and meals ahead of time. Also prepare “no cut” meals such as sandwiches, ground meat, and finger foods for ease. It would also help if you have bottle sponges and shower brush for the shower, a cotton terry cloth bathrobe to dry your back as well as shampoo and toothpaste in flip top or pump dispenser. Some large sleeve shirts and tops as well as a sports bra or cam