Dr. Kovanda performs hand surgery to correct a variety of deformities caused by underlying medical conditions. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of hand surgery, patients usually experience significant relief from painful symptoms. The advantage of working with an experience plastic surgeon like Dr. Kovanda for these types of surgeries is his ability to achieve positive results with smaller incisions and special focus on the appearance of the hand.
Conditions affecting the hand are not usually serious, but they can be extremely painful. In addition, conditions like trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture become debilitating and disfiguring in their more advanced stages. Correction for these deformities can usually be performed on an outpatient basis and most patients begin to regain full use of the hand within a few weeks after surgery.
Hand Surgery Options
Dr. Kovanda offers surgical options for the following conditions:
This painful condition is due to irritation of the flexor tendon, which can lead to thickening of the tendon that makes it difficult to pass through the tendon sheath. The tendon can begin to get stuck in the sheath, which results in a finger that cannot be straightened without a catching or popping sensation of the joint. By widening the tendon sheath, patients can have full movement of the finger without popping or joint pain.
Carpal tunnel is the result of pressure on the carpal nerve at the wrist and often occurs after long-standing repetitive movement in the hand or wrist. The condition can be quite uncomfortable, with some patients experiencing burning or aching in the fingers and palm of the hand. Dr. Kovanda provides relief for carpal tunnel sufferers with an endoscopic procedure that cuts the carpal ligament to release pressure on the wrist. Endoscopic techniques allow for a smaller incision and a shorter recovery time.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Rheumatoid arthritis can result in significant deformity to the hand as it progresses. In addition to improving the appearance of the hand, surgery for this condition can increase mobility and function of the hand while relieving some of the pain associated with this condition. Surgery may be used to remove diseased tissue from the wrist area or realign tendons. Reconstructive surgery may also be recommended to restore the appearance and function of the hand.
Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment
Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity in which some of the fingers are pulled into a bent position. The condition is caused by thickening of fibrous tissue in the palm of the hand. Although the condition is rarely painful, it can be debilitating and disfiguring. Dr. Kovanda addresses this condition surgically by removing the diseased tissue that caused the deformity. Dr. Kovanda is careful to perform this surgery with the aesthetic results in mind, to ensure a natural look to the hand after the condition is treated.
Hand Surgery in Minneapolis and Edina
Hand surgery restores function to the hand and fingers, eliminates pain and provides a pleasing aesthetic result. As one of the most recognized hand surgery specialists in Minnesota, Dr. Kovanda has successfully performed dozens of hand operations, not limited to the ones above. To learn more about all the hand surgery options we offer, contact our staff at Kovanda Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Kovanda.