Hand surgery involves surgical repair or correction of injury or deformities related to the hand and upper extremities. Hand surgery is a wide field for which cosmetic surgery is ideally suited. Dr. Bram Kaufman has advanced fellowship training in hand surgery and microsurgery (CAQSH – Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand).
Board certified and sensational plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman has the expertise and training to address the simplest to most complex hand surgery procedures.
He provides hand surgery to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities. Wherever necessary, he will work with orthopedic surgeons as well as provide occupational hand therapy and rehabilitation support to the patients.
Advanced Hand Reconstruction
Hand surgery may range from repairing of simple lacerations to microsurgical reconstructions, soft tissue flap reconstructions, burn reconstructions, bone grafting and treatment of severe infections. Injury or disease involving the skin, bone, tendon and joint of the hand can be treated with a combination of hand surgery and cosmetic surgery.
Arthritis of the Hand
In severe cases of hand arthritis, surgery may be necessary. Hand surgeries in such cases may include a simple surgery for ganglions, tendonitis or trigger fingers, all of which are aspects of arthritis. More complex surgeries for the thumb, finger or wrist arthritis may also be performed.
The surgeon may sometimes have to work in coordination with orthopedic surgeons. The surgery will usually be followed by a systematic rehabilitation process and exercises to achieve best outcomes.
Brachial Plexus Hand Nerve Injury
Brachial plexus injuries may occur in accidents, and may require hand surgery. To help restore motor function, the surgeon may use techniques such as muscle transfer, including pedicled muscle flaps and free flap muscle flaps. As long as the procedure is performed by a skilled hand surgeon, it is possible to restore a significant part of the hand function following this traumatic nerve injury.
Hand Surgery for Congenital Defects
Congenital abnormalities of the hand range from skin tags to simple webbed fingers to complex bone abnormalities and absent digits or limbs. Corrective hand surgeries may be performed in the formative years of development or earlier. Such procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Prior to the surgery, the patient will require a detailed exam, involving x-rays or even MRI and nerve evaluations.
If the hand injury is minor, such as cuts, sprains, or small bone fractures, the surgeon may address it in the office setting. However, a case of severe upper extremity injury will require a multi-disciplinary approach. Once the acute phase of treatment is over, the surgeon will involve rehabilitation specialists to help in function restoration as far as possible.
These services may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical medicine, and psychological support when needed. A holistic approach to hand treatment will yield sustainable, long-term results.
The results can also be cosmetically pleasing when the procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon. The dedicated and salient Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and other cities and communities in Northern Ohio for hand surgery.