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What is Elective Emergency Hand Surgery?

Hand surgery is performed to restore the structure and functionality of the fingers, wrist and hand secondary to a traumatic injury, medical condition, severe infection, or birth defect causing pain and/or deformity of the hand. It is performed by trained and certified plastic surgeons. The surgery is done either as an emergency procedure or as an elective procedure depending on the condition and its severity.

Indications for Elective Emergency Hand Surgery 

Conditions for which elective hand surgery is performed include:

  • Burn reconstruction
  • Congenital deformities such as fused digits, extra digits and missing digits
  • Tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons, including De Quervain’s tendinitis of the thumb, flexor and extensor tendonitis of the wrist
  • Tumours of the skin, soft tissue or bone
  • Dupuytren’s contractures
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Trigger finger
  • Compression syndromes e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, distal ulnar tunnel syndrome and pronator syndrome

Conditions that may require emergency hand surgery include:

  • Fractures
  • Tendon injuries
  • Nerve or artery injuries
  • Fingertip injuries
  • Other accidental injuries

Elective Emergency Hand Surgery Procedures

Some of the most common procedures used for the treatment of these conditions and injuries include:

  • Skin grafts: This involves the use of healthy skin from an area of your body to cover or resurface the injured area. This is most commonly used for burn reconstruction and amputation of fingers.
  • Tendon repair: This is used for the management of ruptured tendons caused by trauma or sports injury. Preferably, the surgery is performed within 24 hours of the injury, as early surgery is associated with better outcomes.
  • Nerve repair: This is a complex surgery performed immediately after a nerve injury, as damage to any of the three main nerves of the hand may lead to limited use or hampered range of motion of the hand including the fingers and the wrist. It may also result in permanent disability.
  • Closed reduction and fixation: It involves the realignment of the bones of the hand with the help of rods, wires, splints and casts. It is used for fractures with completely displaced and/or crushed bones.
  • Joint replacement: This involves the replacement of the joints in the fingers and the wrist with a new joint made of silicone rubber, a portion of your tendon or a plastic or metal implant. This is usually indicated for osteoarthritis or traumatic arthritis of the hand to relieve pain and restore function in the affected hand.
  • NHS
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
British Elbow & Shoulder Society
  • University of Warwick
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Hospitals Attended

  • Stratford Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Arden St, Stratford-upon-Avon,
    CV37 6NX
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    NHS Secretary: Emma Salinger

    Ext 4798
  • Nuffield Health
    Warwickshire Hospital

    The Chase, Old Milverton Lane
    Leamington Spa
    CV32 6RW
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  • Warwick Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Lakin Road, Warwick,
    CV34 5BW
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    NHS Secretary: Emma Salinger

    Ext 4798
  • The Grafton Suite,
    Building One

    Stratford Hospital, Arden Street
    CV37 6NX
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  • The Cherwell Hospital

    Oxford Rd, Banbury
    OX16 9FG
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  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nuffield Health
The Grafton Suite - South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust