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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Hand Reconstructive Surgery?

Our professional doctors at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have trained intensively to learn all the new types of surgeries and, using only the best techniques, they will try to ensure that you are safely on the path to normal healing.

Due to congenital defects, serious injuries, or even some diseases, people may find that they cannot use their hands properly. Some of these cases can be solved with medication, but sometimes, surgery is required in order to regain normal functions of the hand.

Our hands are appendages that have a vast array of uses which are indispensable. Because of them, we are able to grab stuff, pick up things, push, pull, and even communicate through sign language. It is well known that they are a vital part of our lives. There are a certain number of factors which can hinder our ability to properly use the hands. These can range from birth abnormalities, like polydactyly, to injuries, such as tendon or nerve damage, and even diseases, such as osteoarthritis.These can have a major negative impact on a patient’s physical abilities, so treatment is necessary.

In most cases, doctors will first try to solve the problems using medication. If this fails, though, surgery is the only option left. There is a big number of procedures which can be done to help someone regain strength, feeling, and mobility in their hand.

Basically, hand reconstructive surgery is used to improve or regain the normal functions of the hand. Depending on the exact problem, there can be different surgical procedures done. Some of them, like the removal of skin tumors, are fairly straightforward and the doctor can operate on the patient normally.

In other cases, such as Dupuytren's contracture, surgeons will have to be very careful to not damage muscles and nerves as this will only further damage the hand and cause even more problems for the patient.

The hand is a very sensible part of the human body so, no matter what medical procedure is done to it, it must be performed by expert doctors in order to ensure maximum efficiency.

There are many benefits linked to this procedure:

  • The patient will regain mobility in his hand
  • The patient will not suffer from pain in the appendage anymore
  • The patient will gain more strength in his hands
  • The aesthetic of the hand will be improved
  • Normal activities, which were previously inaccessible, may now be performed
  • The patient’s level of comfort will greatly increase
  • The patient’s mental health and self-esteem will greatly improve

The recovery time may vary a lot, depending on the surgical procedure done. With this said, there are rehabilitation steps which must be taken in all of them. Because it is such a sensible part of the body, almost all patients will need to take pain medication after their surgery. To speed up the healing process, the hand will have to remain immobilized for some time. In almost all recovery periods, the patient will need to do physical therapy in order to strengthen his muscles and increase his mobility.

As with all types of surgeries, there are some risk factors involved. The most common complication in all of these procedures is wound infection. The patient may also suffer from heavy bleeding following the surgery and blood clots may form. In case tendons or nerves were damaged, the patient may lose the feeling in his hand or even lose the ability to move it.

Whatever the reason may be, losing mobility and strength in your hand can be a debilitating condition. Here, at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we understand that this can be a tough period that you are going through. Because of this, our medical staff will take every necessary step in order to help with your illness and to ensure that you are completely healthy again. Call now at 888.600.5600 and make an appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hand Reconstruction

A great number of hand surgeries can be done with local anesthesia. Local anesthesia prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Your doctor will talk to you about your options, based on the surgery you're having.

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