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Hand Trauma Surgery

To learn more about hand surgery for Dupuytren’s disease, trigger finger, ganglion removal, or carpal tunnel syndrome, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia.

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Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery
253 Wattletree Road
Malvern 3144
Victoria, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9508 9508
Fax:+61 3 9508 9588

At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience handling all types of hand trauma, from minor lacerations to complete finger amputation. By providing the highest standards of care and quality service in all our procedures including, surgery for arthritis, Dupuytren’s disease, trigger finger, and carpal tunnel syndrome, we have gained a reputation in Australia as well as overseas.

With our knowledge and skill in hand surgery, we provide services to many hospital emergency departments as well as general practitioners in a timely and effective manner. And, our surgeons work closely with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the Malvern Hand Therapy group, so not only will you receive the best possible surgical treatment at our facility, but you will be well taken care of during rehabilitation as well.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition resulting from pressure being placed on the main nerve to your hand. Repetitive movement of the wrist can cause this condition, which is characterised by tingling or loss of sensation in the fingers, pain in the hand or wrist, and weak hand muscles.

Initial treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome may include avoiding activities that require wrist movement, taking pain relievers, using cool icepacks to relieve any swelling, and wrapping the wrist in a splint to keep it immobile. However, if the symptoms persist for more than six months, surgery may be the best option for relieving pressure on the nerve.

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, offered at our Melbourne, Australia practice, is always performed as a day procedure, either under local anesthetic, with or without sedation, or under a general anesthetic. Through surgery we are able to relieve pressure on the nerve by severing the band of tissue around the wrist.

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia today to find out if you qualify for surgery.

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Dupuytren’s Disease

Named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, who first demonstrated the methods of treating the condition in 1831, Dupuytren’s disease is a progressive condition wherein the tissue between your palm and fingers begins to thicken, forming a cord. Over time, this cord can cause your fingers to bend towards your palm, hindering you from being able to fully extend your fingers.

The exact cause of Dupuytren’s disease is unknown, but is more commonly found in individuals of Northern European descent and those with a family history of the disease. As the disease progresses, it can lead to difficulties in performing daily activities, at which point surgery, the only viable treatment option, may be beneficial.

Your surgeon will discuss surgical options with you and work to find the most appropriate procedure for you. Usually performed under general anesthetic, surgery is a one-day procedure. However, more complex procedures often require an overnight stay. Rehabilitation exercises and splinting techniques are especially important following surgery. We are able to provide excellent service through our close association with the Malvern Hand Therapy group.

To learn more about Dupuytren’s disease or surgery, contact us today.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a condition indicated by clicking, popping, or locking of the affected finger as it bends. This condition may be painful, especially when the finger is forcefully straightened. However, pain is not always a symptom.

Trigger finger occurs when the tendons that move in a smooth tunnel along the length of the finger become stuck. This may be due to narrowing of the tunnel’s entrance, or a lump on the tendon. When caught early, trigger finger can usually be treated with an injection. However, if the condition persists, surgery may be necessary to divide the tight entrance to the tunnel so that the tendon can have more room in which to move.

For more information on trigger finger, or available treatments, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

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Ganglion Removal

A ganglion, more commonly known as a benign cyst, forms when the lubricating fluid that fills the joints leaks from the joint capsule into surrounding tissue. The body automatically starts to contain the fluid by forming a sac around it. However, if the fluid leaks out quickly, pressure builds in the sac, making it painful. If the fluid leaks slowly, the ganglion may become large and unsightly.

While a ganglion can occur in any joint, it is most common on the back of the wrist joint, the front of the wrist joint, and the back of the end joint in a finger. Oftentimes, ganglia are not painful and do not require treatment, as they will often resolve themselves. However, some will result in pain and discomfort or lead to compression of nerves. These ganglia will require treatment, usually by means of surgical removal.

Ganglia can be surgically excised as a day procedure, either under local anesthetic, with or without sedation, or under general anesthetic.

To learn more about ganglion removal, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

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Arthritis Surgery

Many individuals are affected by pain in their hands and wrists, usually caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis destroys the cartilage on your bones, causing the bones to rub against one another, resulting in pain, stiffness, or weakness. Rheumatoid arthritis, however, usually begins in smaller joints such as those in the hands or wrist, and limits the motion and strength of the joint. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis typically affects the same joint on both hands.

While there are non-surgical treatments to relieve pain and suffering caused by arthritis, these only provide temporary relief. Individuals suffering from severe arthritic conditions may need a surgical procedure as a more permanent treatment for the pain. Reconstructive hand surgery can be performed, and may be combined with joint replacement or tendon repair surgery for the best possible results.

To learn more about arthritis or to find out which surgical procedure is best for you, contact an arthritis surgeon at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

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