Operative Treatments on the Human Hand
The human hand is perhaps the most complex and sensitive movable organ. Performing operations on the hand requires lengthy specialist training and experience, as well as extensive knowledge of specialist equipment. Well practised use of micro-surgical and endoscopic instruments and technology is also essential. In conjunction with these skills, careful examination and diagnosis is necessary to achieve an optimal treatment plan. Our team treat hand problems, injuries and malformations, and regularly perform operations relating to nerve constriction problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, (CTS). We are among the pioneers who developed a minimally invasive micro-surgical procedure for CTS, using very small incisions. Dupuytren Contracture also debilitates fingers and can be treated with a micro-surgical procedure. Many patients suffer with arthrosis / arthritis, often occurring at the base of the thumb, and which can be effectively treated through arthroplasty.
The Consultation Process
In order to give you the optimal treatment plan for your situation, a careful diagnostic examination is a necessary prerequisite. Please send us your medical records, x-rays, and photos, in advance of the consultation appointment. After reviewing the documents and conducting our own examination, we can provide you with a recommendation as to the best course of action. We often organise a more specialised examination using NMR, (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy), technology.
Hand Surgery – The Operation
Many hand procedures can be accomplished using local or nerve blocking anaesthetics. In cases where full anaesthesia is necessary, this will be administered by anaesthetists from the University of Freiburg’s Medical Clinics. Also more complicated operations on the hand, can take several hours.
Hand Surgery – Post-operative Care
Hand surgery requires ongoing follow up care, often involving specialist physiotherapy and rehabilitation, while the recovery process can take time, as the hand is a very sensitive organ. Therefore we emphasise the importance of an individualised pain management programme for you following hand surgery.