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Dr. Kennedy Hand surgeons handle surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems involving the hand and/or upper extremity (from the tip of the hand to the shoulder). Hand surgery is practiced by graduates of General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons receive significant training in hand surgery during their residency training, with some graduates doing an additional one year hand fellowship. These fellowships are sometimes also pursued by general surgeons. Plastic surgeons are well suited to handle traumatic hand and digit amputations that require a "replant" operation. Plastic surgeons are trained to reconstruct all aspects to salvage the appendage: blood vessels, nerves, tendons, muscle, and bone. Orthopedic surgeons are particularly well suited to handle complex fractures of the hand and injuries to the carpal bones that alter the mechanics of the wrist. Hand surgeons perform a wide variety of operations which include fracture repairs, nerve decompressions and releases, transfer and repair of tendons, reconstruction of injuries, rheumatoid deformities and congenital defects.

The following conditions can be indications for hand surgery:

  • Hand Injuries
  • Congenital Defects
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Carpometacarpal Bossing
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis


The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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