Hand Surgery is surgery of the hand, the wrist ,elbow and the peripheral nerves of the upper limb. It also encompasses reconstructive surgery that improves upper limb function. Speciality deals with conditions from neck to finger tips which affect the function of hand. Hand surgeons care for these problems without surgery, and they are specially trained to operate when necessary.
Micro surgery is a sub-speciality performed with the aid of a microscope on structures that are barely visible to the naked eye. This sub-speciality mainly deals with ‘Replantations’ (reattaching severed parts of the limb), free tissue transfer ( transferring nerves,muscles, blood vessels and tissues from one part of body to other ), repair of nerves and blood vessels of limbs. They form integral part of complex orthopaedic trauma management where limbs are severely injured.
Hand and microsurgery is a relatively new speciality. The St James hospital has developed a 24 hour state-of-the-art facility for comprehensive care of hand conditions and for microsurgery. This is one of the very few dedicated centers for treating hand conditions and for microsurgery in the country.
Dupuytren’s Contracture is the name of a condition in which the tissue underneath the skin of the palm and fingers thickens and tightens to the point where the fingers involuntarily curl. (more…)
The most common joint of the hand to develop arthritis is at the base of the thumb. This joint is called the basilar joint of the thumb or the thumb CMC (carpometacarpal) joint. (more…)
Trigger finger is a very common condition. It starts with pain in the palm of the hand when flexing or extending the finger.The condition is diagnosed when the finger is straightened and becomes stuck, blocking the joint. (more…)
Many patients feel soreness at the base of the thumb. The most common symptom is a (more or less) painful clicking or snapping when the affected thumb is extended from a flexed position. (more…)
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel and causes pain, (more…)
A wrist consists of little bones one of which is called as scaphoid. When the break occurs in either of these little bones present in the wrists this condition is known as scaphoid fracture. (more…)
Post Doctoral Fellowship in Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery ( CMC Vellore ). Read More
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“COMPLETE REHABILITATION – SURGICALLY IF NOT PROSTHETICALLY IS OUR AXIOM”
A finger or hand prosthesis is an artificial substitute or replacement of the lost part of the body. Loss of a finger or hand can pose serious threat to the individual’s core identity. He/ she may steer clear of public places, intimate relationships, and chronically hide their residual limb or even avoid employment opportunities due to their condition. We here in the department design and create custom fingertip, finger, thumb, partial hand and hand prostheses for patients who have experienced loss of form and function. Wearing a prosthetic finger restores the lost shape and length of the finger, allowing for improved function, especially when using keyboards or office machines and closes the “holes” in a person’s grip, so that objects don’t fall out of the hand. Custom prostheses are colour matched and made to look as life-like as possible. These prostheses can usually be fit with suction, medical grade adhesives, fit with finger ring or osseointegrated implants and custom acrylic fingernails can be added.
We always have our Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Unit at the rescue of patients here in the hospital. However delay in approaching the surgeons, severely crushed fingers and technical difficulties makes prosthetic replacement an important treatment option for hand and finger amputees.
Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
Unit Chief – Hand and reconstructive Microsurgery
Department of Orthopaedics
St James Hospital, Chalakudy
04802710271 (Extension :808)
Tue, Wed, Fri :- 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Sat :- 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
Mon, Thu :- On special appointment.