Our hands are an amazing piece of anatomic engineering. Without them, it would be very difficult to do even the basic activities of daily living such as dressing, holding a bag of groceries, or typing on a laptop. An injury to the intricate structure of the hand can result in a serious handicap, even the smallest of hand injuries require proper medical attention.
Here are some exciting new technologies in hand treatments:
- Nerve transfers: If a nerve that is responsible for sensation or motor function in the hand is injured or cut in the arm region, the hand may lose sensation and function. Advances in scientific technology now allows for the injured nerve to be “tied” to a functioning nerve further down the arm allowing the recovery of hand function and strength.
- Biologics: Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma injections have been successfully used to treat stubborn hand and wrist injuries. The procedure is simple, safe, and can be performed in the outpatient setting. Commonly treated conditions include hand arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and trigger finger.
- Hand transplantation: As a result of improvement in surgical technique and advances in immunosuppression, hand transplantation has been successfully performed, helping people regain independence and improve quality of life.
- Implants: With improved prosthetic design, doctors can now find innovative solutions to replace normal anatomic structures of the hand with implants that move with a great deal of dexterity.
- Wrist arthroscopy: A minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeon to look inside the joint using a specialized instrument known as the arthroscope which contains a miniaturized camera. Surgical debridement or repair can be performed using the arthroscope with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
The physicians of the Carrell Clinic™ are committed to providing the latest technology and highest standards of excellence in orthopedic care. For appointments and inquiries, call (214) 220 2468.