Hand Surgery

Hand Surgery by Dr. Steven Williams

Our hands serve many purposes. Hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. To do these activities, our hands require sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible.

Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Hand surgeons care for these problems with and without surgery. Plastic surgeons actually have extensive hand training including microsurgical techniques. Dr. Williams has performed hundreds of hand procedures ranging from the routine endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery to complex microsurgical hand reconstructions from trauma.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a collection of symptoms caused by nerve compression in your wrist. Severity can range from light tingling in the thumb, index finger or middle finger. More severe cases can lead to permanent numbness or weakness of the hand. Diagnosis is based on symptoms, history, exam and when needed nerve conduction tests.

Surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome is typically quick and recovery is usually rapid. When possible, Tri Valley Plastic Surgery performs endoscopic carpal tunnel release for the quickest recovery and the smallest scar.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) American Board of Plastic Surgery Yale University Plastic Surgery Yale School of Medicine American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Expert Reviewer of California Medical Board