Category : Hand Surgery

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Making the rounds: Therapy dogs team up with hand surgeon to comfort patients

from the Chicago Tribune

When Ceil Johnson fell on the ice and broke her wrist last month, she went to hand surgeon Leon Benson for treatment.

Benson had taken care of her before, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t nervous when the doctor, who practices in Wilmette and Glenview, removed the staples in her arm a few weeks later. But Johnson had a companion to help steady her as Benson carefully removed each staple: Benson’s Portuguese water dog, Cooper.

Cooper sat patiently on the exam table beside Johnson, letting her put her arms around him and bury her face in his glossy black side until the doctor’s work was completed.

Johnson, who has dogs herself, said she was glad Cooper had been there for her.

“I’m not a kid about stuff like this, but without Cooper there, it would have felt a lot worse,” she said.

Benson, who is affiliated with both the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute and the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, is used to that kind of response to 7-year-old Cooper, and to Chelsea, Cooper’s 11-year-old Portuguese water dog colleague. That’s exactly the reason he brings one or both of them in to see patients.

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Video: Preparing for Surgery


Surgery can be a scary thing. Not only does it mean your body will be undergoing a procedure, but it also requires taking time off work, receiving help at home and coordinating transportation to and from surgery. Despite these obstacles, surgeon members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand will ensure that your surgical experience is a good one. Your hand surgeon wants the best outcome for you.

To achieve the best outcome, your surgeon will be well prepared prior to your surgery. Reviewing the procedure with you is just one way your doctor will prepare. Watch our short, 1-minute video above to learn more about preparing for surgery.

Visit www.HandCare.org to read about different hand surgeries and how a hand surgeon can help you.

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Random Fact: Recovering from Carpal Tunnel Surgery

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Did you know? After carpal tunnel surgery, you can begin using a keyboard again within two weeks. Now that’s a fast recovery! Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and how it’s treated.

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Surgical Scar Tissue: A Less-Talked-About Side Effect

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from US News & World Report

When the short-term effects of surgery – such as oozing wounds and incision pain – have long faded, an unseen complication may be lurking beneath the skin. Excess scar tissue, layers deep, can significantly reduce function and movement months after surgery. And on the skin’s surface, visible, lingering scars might be noticeable enough to really bother patients. Before you undergo surgery, here’s what to know about reducing scarring as you heal.

Bend and straighten your elbow. The folds that form in your skin, known as Langer’s lines, represent the direction and orientation of the collagen fibers, similar to the grain of wood, says Dr. Robert Klapper, director of the Joint Replacement Program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. During surgery, it’s not always possible for surgeons to cut parallel to the grain with their scalpels.

“If you are not able, because of heart surgery for example, to get down to the sternum, we as surgeons have to violate the Langer’s line,” Klapper says. “This can often lead to keloids and bumps and poor healing, and extra scar tissue can take place.”

Performing joint surgery, Klapper says, involves cutting into multiple layers of anatomy: the epidermis or skin surface; subcutaneous fat; fascia or connective tissue; muscles, tendons and ligaments; and the lining around the bone called the ostium. “It’s kind of like a seven-layer cake, if you will,” he says. “As a surgeon, you must respect in your repair of the surgery all layers of the seven-layer cake. All should get closed properly.”

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What Can a Hand Surgeon Do?

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Most hand surgeons can treat more than just the hand. They can also treat your shoulder, elbow, arm and wrist. A hand surgeon can also provide a variety of treatments that do not include surgery. They can help you find a hand therapist to reduce your pain, or they can recommend other options such as splints or injections. Hand surgeons can see you for an injury, such as a broken bone, dislocation or jammed finger, for general pain, or for a condition such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Tennis elbow
  • Etc.

Use our Find a Hand Surgeon tool to find a specialist in your area. Our tool includes more than 3,000 board-certified hand surgeons, both orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, who are members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Watch our short video to learn more about hand surgery:

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What is Office-Based Hand Surgery?

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from Fox 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Hands and wrists are subject to a variety of problems that result in pain, weakness or numbness. Thanks to a new technique, three doctors in Grand Rapids are fixing those problems quicker — and cheaper — than ever before.

It’s called office-based hand surgery, and during the procedure, the patient is wide awake.

Normally, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand, you would go to a hospital, undergo a number of tests, get put under anesthesia, and pay thousands of dollars for treatment.

Office-based hand surgery is not only cheaper, it’s safer and saves time.

Ryan Ganzevoort underwent hand surgery two weeks ago at Spectrum Health Medical Group. When he found the procedure took less than 10 minutes in the doctor’s office, it was a no-brainer, he says.

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5 Ways You Can Ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery

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from the Cleveland Clinic

Does the thumb side of your hand feel like it’s going to sleep — that weak, numb, pins-and-needles feeling — for no apparent reason? You may suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

The good news is that there are a number of methods you can try at home to ease your pain. And if those don’t work, surgery can be a highly effective treatment.

What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition that affects the hand and wrist, says hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgeon William Seitz, MD.

“Symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain, usually in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand,” Dr. Seitz says.

Carpel tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand through a narrow space called the carpel tunnel, is compressed or pinched, Dr. Seitz says.

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WATCH: Zion Harvey, 1st child to receive double-hand transplant, throws 1st pitch at Orioles game

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from NJ.com

The doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia truly are amazing and the latest example caused a standing ovation at Tuesday night’s Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. Prior to the game, nine-year-old Zion Harvey threw out the first pitch to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

While a nine-year-old throwing out the first pitch would be a fun story on its own, Harvey’s path to that moment made it special.

Roughly one year ago, Harvey—a Maryland resident—became the first child in history to undergo successful bilateral hand transplant surgery at CHOP in Philadelphia. When Harvey was two, he developed an infection that led to his hands and feet amputated. Years later, the doctors at CHOP helped remake his life and what happened in Baltimore on Tuesday night possible.

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