Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Hendersonville, TN
So many of the things you do every day depend on your hands. If they suffer any damage, you can find every task a challenge. If you have a hand condition, Robert Landsberg, MD, FRCS(C), FAAOS, and Jessica Mitchell, PA-C, at Landsberg Orthopaedics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, can help. Dr. Landsberg has many years of experience treating hand injuries and diseases and excels in performing highly technical hand surgery. To benefit from his expertise, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.
Hand Surgery Q & A
What conditions might require hand surgery?
Hand surgery might be necessary if you suffer damage to the bones, joints, tendons, nerves, or ligaments in your hand. Conditions Dr. Landsberg may need to treat surgically include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger or thumb
- Ruptured ligaments
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fractured hands or wrists
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
For the most part, hand injuries and diseases get better with conservative treatments. These are likely to include resting your hand, wearing a splint or cast, following a physical therapy program, having platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, and using medication to relieve pain and inflammation.
If these treatments aren’t having much effect on your symptoms, powerful anti-inflammatory steroid injections could help. When all other treatments are proving inadequate, Dr. Landsberg can discuss the hand surgery options available.
Sometimes surgery is needed at an earlier stage, for example, if you suffer a complex fracture or cut off a finger.
What kind of hand surgery might I need?
The kind of hand surgery you need varies depending on the cause of your condition and its severity. Procedures Dr. Landsberg performs include:
Tendon or ligament repair
Tendons connect your muscles to the bones in your hand and wrist, whereas ligaments link your bones together. Traumas like auto accidents, falls, and sports injuries can overstretch the fibers in your ligaments and tendons, causing them to tear.
Dr. Landsberg can often repair partially torn tissues. However, a total rupture is unlikely to heal without further treatment, and if the injury is bad, you might require a tissue graft.
Dr. Landsberg might need to realign fractured bones in your hands or fingers before applying a cast or splint. Unstable fractures might also require fixation — the use of rods and wires to hold the broken bones in position.
Carpal tunnel release
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms appear when the median nerve in your arm and wrist becomes irritated by a thickened ligament. Cutting into the ligament releases pressure on the nerve, relieving pain and restoring function.
Joint replacement involves taking out the damaged or diseased segments of your bones and replacing them with an artificial joint. The replacement or prosthetic might be made of plastic, metal, silicone, or rubber.
Hand surgery requires specialist expertise to ensure optimal results and avoid damage that could restrict your ability to use your hands properly. To benefit from Dr. Landsberg’s experience in performing hand surgery, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.