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Hand Surgery Specialist

California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery -  - Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon

California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons located in BAKERSFIELD, CA

Your hands are arguably the most versatile parts of your body, allowing you to grasp objects, enjoy the sensation of touch, and even communicate with others. If an injury or congenital condition impedes some or all of their function, Vipul Dev, MD, and Narayanan Nair, MD, FACS, can plan and perform individualized hand surgery at the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery in Bakersfield, California. Schedule your first consultation for hand surgery by phone or online to discuss the possible results in your case today.

Hand Surgery Q & A

What is hand surgery?

Hand surgery is a type of surgery that can improve the functioning of one or both of your hands after an injury or congenital anomaly diminishes your ability to grab, pinch, touch, or use your hands in any other manner. 

Since there are many potential complications affecting the hands, hand surgery is highly individualized, and you work closely with your surgeon throughout its planning. They make sure you have a positive outlook and realistic goals before planning the surgery and helping you prepare. 

What can hand surgery correct?

Hand surgery can correct a multitude of different traumatic acute hand injuries, overuse injuries, and congenital deformities. The reconstructive surgeons at the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery can plan and perform hand surgery in cases of:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome of the hand
  • Trigger finger
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon injuries
  • Hand infections
  • Severed finger
  • Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis

While hand surgery varies from case to case, the steps typically include anesthesia, incisions, necessary repairs, and sutures to close the incisions. In some cases, sutures are dissolvable, while others your surgeon must remove at a later visit. 

How should I prepare for hand surgery?

Hand surgery takes lots of preparation at the office and in your personal life. To start the process, you make several visits to the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery for evaluations and planning. Your surgeon evaluates your current and past health and asks extensive questions about medications as well as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use. 

Before the date of your surgery, your surgeon may also ask you to:

  • Come in for photographs and imaging tests
  • Consider all possible outcomes of hand surgery
  • Take, stop taking, or adjust certain medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid medications and supplements that increase bleeding, like aspirin
  • Make arrangements for your time in recovery 

It’s reasonable to feel some anxiety about an upcoming surgery, and the team at the California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery can answer all your questions and walk you through the steps of your surgery, so you know what to expect at every stage. 

What is the recovery like after hand surgery?

Recovering after hand surgery can take several months. As the swelling subsides, you can see the results take shape. However, you must be diligent in your aftercare. 

Your surgeon gives you specific instructions regarding the use of splints, bandages, and other recovery aid devices. They also prescribe medications for postoperative pain and to ward off infections that can stop your wound from healing properly. 

California Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery boasts one of the few surgeons that performs surgical hand procedures. To schedule your consultation for hand surgery, call the office or book online today.