Hand Surgery

Reconstructive hand surgery by surgeons with Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) can restore function and improve the appearance of hands affected by disease, injury or birth defects.

Hand surgery treats painful conditions that affect the way your hands, fingers and wrists look, move and feel.

Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons perform reconstructive hand surgery to restore form and function. We help minimize pain while giving you back some mobility.

Who needs hand surgery?

Your doctor may recommend hand surgery if you have one of these conditions:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This condition occurs when a major nerve to the hand, called the median nerve, is repeatedly compressed due to pressure in the wrist.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This autoimmune disease inflames joints. Over time, this inflammation can cause joint deformities.
  • Dupuytren’s contracture: This hand disorder causes thick bands of tissue to form within the palm and fingers. As a result, the fingers may bend into an abnormal position.
  • Congenital malformations: Some people are born with a condition called syndactyly that causes fingers to fuse together.
  • Ulnar impaction syndrome: This degenerative wrist condition can cause arthritis between the ulna and the smaller carpal bones of the wrist, often when the ulna is longer than the radius. This inflammatory condition can cause ulnar-sided pain, swelling and stiffness in the wrist.

Hand surgery procedures

Our surgeons perform a range of hand procedures, including:

  • Tendon repair surgery to reconnect tendons that are severed or ruptured due to injury, accident or disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery to alleviate pressure on the median nerve
  • Fasciotomy surgery to divide thickened tissue and decrease finger and hand tightening in people with Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Syndactyly surgery to separate conjoined fingers and improve range of motion
  • Distal radioulnar joint implants are used to replace the distal radioulnar joint to help resolve pain and weakness caused by arthritis.

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