Hand trauma is simply any accident suffered by the hand. It affects people of all ages. While most people will recover completely from more minor accidents, severe trauma will lead to a permanent reduction in hand function.
Many causes exist, including burns, lacerations, crush injuries, and fractures. Industrial accidents are common, especially from power tools. Athletes are also common hand trauma patients.
The treatment depends on which anatomic structure in the hand is injured. These can be broken down into blood vessel, nerve, skin, bone, muscle, and tendon injuries. Specialized structures such as the fingernail can also be injured. In most cases, only a single structure is significantly injured, but combination injures are still quite common and in some rare cases, all types of structures are severely injured. Often, simple bandaging or splinting for a few weeks is enough to correct the problem. Other more severe injuries will require surgery and weeks to months of recovery. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your prognosis at the time of your consultation.
Surgical options and their potential complications vary widely based on the type of injury and will be discussed by your surgeon should they be necessary.
To learn more about how you may benefit from hand trauma treatment or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact our Surrey office today.