The field of hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand. Dupuytren's contracture, Carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cysts, hand injuries, trigger finger, burns, benign or cancerous tumors, hand infections are the main topics in hand surgery. These are some of the most commonly seen hand problems in Cyprus.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: This condition most commonly afflicts those whose job or hobby requires repetitive motion of the hand or wrist. Caused by pressure on the median nerve and typified by pain, numbness, weakness or tingling, treatment options range from wearing a wrist splint and the use of anti-inflammatories, to surgical intervention. Results of surgery are excellent if you consult your aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon early.
Ganglion Cysts: These are tumor-like cystic lesions that can occur in the tendon sheath or joint capsule of fingers or hands. Though some ganglions resolve themselves with little or no treatment, the cyst and the bone spurs that cause them often need to be surgically removed.
Trigger finger, thumb: This condition can involve all fingers of the hand and the thumb. This may be due to trauma, arthritis or repetitive activities. The finger(s) typically lock or click during attempts at motion. Inflammation around the tendon is the cause and can be treated with splints or injections, or can be cured with a simple surgical intervention.
Tendonitis, tennis elbow: Common to participants of physical sports, tennis elbow is a condition that can occur from a single event or slowly over time. Its pain and inflammation is treated conservatively at first, with analgesics and anti-inflammatory medicines. If actual structural damage has occurred, surgery may be recommended.
Burns: Common to fingers, hands and forearms, burns of the 3rd degree require prompt medical attention. Because tissue has actually been destroyed, they pose a major risk of infection, and if extensive enough, a threat to life. Though initially best treated in an emergency room, long-term healing may involve natural or synthetic skin grafts, antibiotics and physical rehabilitation.
Infections: Many infections arise within the joint capsule of the hands or wrists and should be treated initially with a single or multiple course of antibiotics. Severe or non-responding infections sometimes require surgery, especially if they spread systemically.
Not all problems treated by a plastic surgeon need surgery. We often recommend non-surgical treatments, such as medication, splints, therapy, or injections in Cyprus Aesthetic Center.