Hand Surgery Mobile, AL
Regaining Mobility of Your Hands
Whether you were born with a defect of the hands or suffered trauma that inhibits their use, Mobile, Alabama plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt offers hand surgery procedures to repair these issues. Using several types of advanced techniques, he is able to restore much of the lost mobility to the hands and fingers and may also restore the aesthetics of the hand.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Hand Surgery?
Hand surgery can be ideal for a range of individuals, even some children. While Dr. Proffitt uses microsurgery and grafting among his techniques, other forms of surgery are used to correct such issues of the hand as:
- congenital defects
The Procedures: How Hand Surgery Works
Based on the type of damage or condition your hand is in, Dr. Proffitt may incorporate different techniques to repair it. These are some of the most common hand conditions that Dr. Proffitt will operate on.
Patients who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture have limited finger movement, which is caused by thick bands of tissue. Using flap and sometimes grafting techniques, Dr. Proffitt will cut the tissue in a Z-pattern, suturing it back in a way that the skin can move more freely and naturally. Patients then experience increased mobility of the fingers.
For those with Syndactyly, two or more fingers are fused together from birth. Using a Z-pattern, Dr. Proffitt separates the fingers and closes the flaps back around each finger separately. He may also use skin grafting to fully complete the procedure and restore independent mobility of both fingers.
How Will I Look and Feel After Hand Surgery?
After your hand surgery, you will likely experience some swelling and discomfort. However, Dr. Proffitt will prescribe medication to manage the discomfort. You may need help for several days, even with common tasks, but over time, the use of your hands will develop. Most patients will see a physical therapist as they heal from hand surgery. This helps the patient learn how to exercise the hand and regain fuller mobility.
If you suffer from a defect of the hand or an injury, please contact Mobile plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt to learn about hand surgery options. He and the staff at his Mobile plastic surgery practice are eager to help you along the road to regaining the use of your hands.