Hand surgery to treat nerve damage

Written by: Dra. Gemma Pidemunt Moli
Edited by: Noelia Pino García

Nerve hand injuries affecting movement and / or sensitivity thereof. The main warning signs are when a patient feels tingling in your hand, you are sleeping or even feel pain. They occur mainly at night and should draw attention when it occurs continuously for a long period of time.

The cause of these symptoms is usually because the nerve is compressed. You need to figure out where it is compressed and why. Traumatology specialists say that in most cases there is no specific cause.

There are diseases that can cause nerve damage in hand, so it is important to study and discard. Some of these diseases are diabetes, thyroid disorder and occupational diseases. All of them can alter nerve conduction hand.


What is the surgical treatment of these lesions

Depending on the nerve is compressed, the area is usually very small by using magnification loupes approaches, and all the nerve is decompressed to recover its circulation and function properly again.

Immobilization is usually not necessary, but the patient can mobilize hand from day one. During the intervention, some stitches have been removed are placed week. Behind her, a soft bandage is placed and fingers are immobilized. It is necessary to avoid wetting the wound during the first week.

By a trauma expert hand surgeon, the risks are very low. It is very important clinical improvement. If this improvement does not occur, it may be because the nerve is too damaged.

The fact wait too long to undergo surgery, it causes the recovery is not as fast and sometimes incomplete.

Common examples of syndromes of nerve compression in the hand are: Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital canal, Arcade Frösche or radial tunnel syndrome among others.


Edited by Noelia García Pino

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Gemma Pidemunt Moli
Orthopaedic Surgery

PhD in Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Dr. Pidemunt Moli is a renowned specialist in traumatology. Currently he is Coordinator of Traumatology at the Clinical LENOX Corachan and member of his unit and Elbow Hand and Foot and Ankle Unit. He began his professional career as a specialist at the Hospital del Mar where he subespecializó in surgery of the upper extremity, and is currently consulting clinic on that computer. In 2014, he obtained the European Certification in Hand Surgery granted by the "Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand". He combines his professional activity with teaching, being associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of various medical societies. She was awarded in 2011 with the extraordinary Surgery Doctoral Award Autonomous University of Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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