Have you finally had enough of the constant aches and pains?
Are you sick and tired of tingling and numbness in your fingers?
Is your carpal tunnel syndrome worsening?
If so, maybe it’s time to consider a surgical procedure and there’s no better option for hand surgery in Brooklyn, NY, and surrounding areas than Pacifico Plastic Surgery. Dr. Biagio Pacifico, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, does more than aid patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: He also performs procedures for Dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger, ganglion removal, nerve repair, bone repair and tendon repair.
Pacifico Plastic Surgery has office locations in New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn, and treats patients from all over New York and New Jersey.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is when pressure is placed on the median nerve as it passes through your wrist under the transverse carpal ligament. You’ll feel numbness and a “pins-and-needles” feeling in your fingers. While carpal tunnel syndrome can occur to people of all ages, it’s most common in the middle-aged and elderly. Surgery is needed to ease pressure on the nerve; this is done by splitting the transverse carpal ligament under a local anesthetic.
Following the surgery, a bandage will be placed on your wrist and stitches taken out in approximately 10-14 days. It’ll be extremely important to move your fingers around so the nerve and tendons don’t get caught in the scar tissue that may form following surgery. Recovery from all effects from the surgery should take less than a month, although getting the feeling back in your hand may take longer.
The tissue formed in the palm of your hand and fingers is what causes Dupuytren’s contracture. Most of the time the condition is painless, but it causes skin nodules and forms bands that makes your fingers curl down into your palm.
When surgery is needed, the tissue is removed so your fingers can be released. The skin will heal in about 2-to-3 weeks following the procedure and you’ll have full use of your hand in about three months. A hand therapist will be recommended to help with physical therapy and assess the progress on your movement and functions.
Trigger finger is when the affected finger becomes stuck in a curled position, although it can still bend normally. The condition occurs when the tendon which allows your finger to bend thickens.
Operations for trigger finger aren’t always necessary. A hand therapist may make a splint so your finger stops triggering, or a local injection may help. If these treatments don’t work, then a minor procedure will be done to open the tunnel and free the tendon. Recovery time for this operation takes about one to two weeks.
Flexor and extensor tendons are the two main groups of tendons that control the hand and wrist. Flexor tendons allow you to grip and make a first, while extensor tendons open the fingers up. The tearing of a tendon is known as a rupture and is usually due to rheumatoid arthritis or any other inflammatory arthritis.
The rupture is repaired by using undamaged flexor tendons from your other fingers. After surgery, the repaired tendons will need at least six weeks to heal. During that time frame, you won’t be able