When a problem takes place in the hand, wrist, forearm or elbow, special care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the upper extremity possible. Conditions may arise from trauma, athletic injury, advancing age, arthritis, or developmental processes. Many physicians at Wellington may care for these problems, and our hand surgeons are specifically trained to give that care to bones, joints, muscles, tendons, nerves, skin, and even blood vessels. Hand surgeons care for many of these problems without surgery, and they are specially trained to operate when necessary. Common surgical procedures include carpal tunnel release, hand and wrist fracture repair, trigger finger release, arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow, and arthritis procedures.
Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional fellowship training in surgery of the hand. To become a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), a hand surgeon must complete a full year of additional training and must pass a rigorous certifying examination.