About Hand Surgery
All too often, we take our hands for granted, rarely thinking about how much they allow us to do until they are taken away from us through injury, accident, or disease. If you have experienced a traumatic injury to your hand or arm, if you find that your hands no longer function properly due to discomfort, weakness, and/or limited range of movement, or if you have been diagnosed with a degenerative disease in your upper extremity, you need the unique expertise offered by double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Asaf Yalif, at Y Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery.
Dr. Yalif is proud to offer patients all aspects of hand surgery for the fingers, hands, and wrists at his practice. We want to help you restore the appearance of your hands and their functionality so you can be confident and self-assured. Some common hand conditions that require the special skills of a surgeon trained in microsurgery include: birth defects, burns, cancers of the hand, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, severed fingers, and other defects.
All hand surgeons, either a plastic surgeon or an orthopedic surgeon, understand the biomechanics of the hands. We understand that some birth defects and traumatic injuries may be better treated by an orthopedic surgeon, and that can be determined at a consultation. Dr. Yalif will provide you with the guidance you seek and work to restore your hands to a pleasing, natural appearance.
Common Hand Conditions
- CARPAL TUNNEL
Numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the fingers and/or hand are all characteristics of carpal tunnel. Pressure on the median nerve in the wrist causes this condition (where the nerve and the tendons connect from the forearm to the hand and enter the carpal tunnel in the wrist).
- DUPUYTREN’S CONTRACTURE
Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that is more commonly found in older men, is a hand deformity where the tissue in the palm of the hand thickens causing the fingers to be in a continual bent (contracted) position. This condition makes it hard for the person to extend all of their fingers (especially the ring and the little finger), shake hands, put their hands in their pockets, and grasp objects.
- TRIGGER FINGER
Severe inflammation of the tendons within the fingers or thumb can cause a condition called stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger. This painful condition can cause the fingers to be set in a bent fixed position.
- HAND/FINGER FRACTURES
After a fall or accident, a traumatic injury can occur in the bones of the hand or fingers. If left untreated, these fractures can cause the hands and/or the fingers to become deformed, have limited movement, and greatly impact a patient’s everyday life. In many cases, surgery is needed to repair this hand deformity.
- GUYON’S CANAL RELEASE
Overuse or constant pressure on the ulnar nerve within the wrist can cause a condition very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Burning pain, the sensation of pins and needles, and muscle weakness are all common signs of this condition.
- NERVE INJURY
Nerve injuries of the hand and/or fingers can be caused by traumatic accident, a severe cut, a burn, or from overuse (especially for men and women who have professions that require repetitive movements with their hands). This type of nerve injury will impede the function of the hand and fingers. Unfortunately, when there is severe nerve damage, a patient could lose all functionality of the hand or fingers.
- GANGLION CYST
Cysts or lumps can appear unexpectedly on the hands or fingers and most times are called ganglion cysts. Harmless and not cancerous, this type of cyst is only filled with fluid and can change in size and shape. Surgical removal is often used to correct the deformity.
Hand Surgery Reviews
"The care I received was the best I could have imagined. From the first phone call, Rebecka was kind, reassuring & helpful. I was hurt & she fit me in right away. She sent me directions - made the day so much better for me. Dr. Yalif is a professional & caring doctor. He was very thorough. He spent the time with me at the end of a busy day. He was present with full attention given to my situation. I would highly recommend Dr. Yalif & Y Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for your medical needs. I hope I don't have to, but, I would definitely go back. He would be the first contact I would reach for. Thank you!"- D.K. / Google / Nov 17, 2016
What to Expect
Hand surgery is performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center or one of the hospitals where Dr. Yalif is on the surgical staff. The number of hours in the surgical suite and level of anesthesia will be dependent on the patient and severity of the case. Once in recovery, each patient will be advised on wound care and how to clean and bandage the area. It is best to keep all appointments following the procedures for optimal results.
As our hand surgery patients are individually unique, it is difficult to give an estimate on healing and recovery time. We can tell you that we will educate you on how to care for your incisions to prevent infection and promote the growth of healthy skin tissue. You can expect to have several follow-up appointments with our plastic surgeon so that we can monitor your progress and recovery, pain management, and in some cases, if there is a need, for physical therapy.
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Improve Your Quality of Life
While an orthopedic surgeon primarily focuses on the functionality of the hand, Dr. Yalif's training in both orthopedics and plastic/reconstructive surgery uniquely qualifies him to provide expert assessment and specialized surgical approaches for optimal hand health and aesthetics. If you are in the process of searching for a hand surgeon, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office to learn more. With significant experience and skill, we can help restore your hand so that it functions properly and looks natural.