Hand and Foot Reconstruction
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Also known as Upper or Lower Extremity Reconstruction
What is Hand and Foot Reconstruction?
Hand and Foot reconstruction surgery is a very delicate and complex surgical procedure that is performed to restore function and to prevent further deformation. Hand and Foot Reconstructive surgery is unavoidable in some cases of birth defects, traumatic injuries as well as certain circulatory diseases. Satisfactory recovery is the longest in this kind of reconstructive operations, which require resting, compression, elevation of the limb.
Our hands and feet are indispensable for even the simplest daily activities and preserving their sensation and ability to perform fine motion, bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, joints, tendons and blood vessels need to function in unison. Hand surgery needs to harmonise all these tissues and their connection to restore the agility of the hands. The common problems treated by hand and foot surgery are fractures of the hand, tendon repair, structures damaged by accident and, carpal tunnel syndrome, birth defects, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve injuries and Dupuytren’s contracture.
What to expect during the Hand and Foot Reconstruction?
The type of reconstruction that is performed will vary depending on your specific trauma or abnormality. Before limb reconstructive surgery, you will be given anesthesia, either a general anesthesia or a strong sedative by IV. The hand or foot reconstruction procedure may include these procedures:
Tendon repair – involves pulling a tendon that has been cut back into place and reattaching it in order to restore movement.
Relieving carpal tunnel syndrome – pressure on the median nerve is relieved either through an incision in the middle of the palm or with smaller incisions on the wrist and palm.
Grafting – removes healthy tissue from one area of the body and adding it to another area of the body in order to treat a wound or trauma. This may be done with skin, nerves, tendons or bones during reconstructive hand surgery.
What to expect during the recovery for Hand and Foot Reconstruction?
After your surgery is complete, you will likely notice significant swelling. You will begin to notice the results of the hand surgery as the swelling subsides over the next several weeks. However, you should be aware that it may take months to see the complete results of your reconstructive surgery.
Patient Before and After Hand Reconstruction Photos
Request a consultation.
To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda and Brentwood, CA.