The human hand is a fascinatingly complicated structure capable of the most delicate and intricate tasks. It is one of the key ways we interact with the world around us be it for work, eating or communicating with others.
Surgery for the hand is what drew Mathew to Plastic Surgery in the first instance. The complex nature of the anatomy and the functional requirements of the hand that need to be considered in treating injuries, ailments and deformities is an ongoing challenge and source of satisfaction for him.
There are many conditions that affect the hand and often, a seemingly trivial injury to a dominant hand, will have a significant impact on a patient’s life in terms of work, driving and other activities of daily living. The solution many not always be surgery. Sometimes rest, intensive hand therapy, change in occupational duties may be the solution required. When the decision for surgery is made, it takes into account both the injury and the patient’s individual life circumstances.
Hand therapy forms an essential component of treating any hand condition. In some circumstances, for example, tendon injuries, surgery is only the start of your treatment. The key to subsequent good functional results is in careful management of the rehabilitation process. For this reason, I offer and encourage all of my patients, who have had surgery, the opportunity to see a hand therapist at Peninsula Hand Therapy.
For more information on Peninsula Hand Therapy, please follow this link: www.peninsulahandtherapy.com.au
In some situations, you may need the further opinion and help of a specialist wrist and hand surgeon. All Plastic Surgeons are trained in hand surgery, however, the wrist in particular is a complicated area that requires specific experience, training and expertise. The experts in this field are located at the Victorian Hand Surgery Associates and I am happy to help make a referral to them.
For information on specialist wrist surgeons, please follow this link: www.vhsa.com.au
Procedures I offer:
Arthritis of the thumb and fingers
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome
Extensor tendon injuries
Flexor tendon injuries
Hand Fractures and injuries
Skier’s thumb (ulnar collateral ligament injury)
For more information on these procedures, please follow this link: www.handsurgery.org/public
Please Note: It is important to bring all medical reports, test results and x-rays to your consultation to ensure that all information is available to treat your hand.