What is Reconstructive Hand Surgery?

From repairing traumatic injuries to correcting congenital anomalies, reconstructive hand surgery improves dexterity and appearance. The specialists at the Hand and Wrist Institute in Dallas and Southlake, Texas, have extensive experience performing a wide range of innovative procedures for reconstructing the hand. Dr. Knight, a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, has over 25 years of experience treating complex hand and wrist cases. This includes tendon repair and nerve reattachment.

In this article, we explore what reconstructive hand surgery is and the different procedures and techniques. We take a closer look at what the benefits are and what you can expect for the recovery process post-surgery.

What Is Reconstructive Hand Surgery?

Hand reconstruction surgery is a complex procedure that can help correct a wide range of functional and cosmetic problems affecting the hand, wrist, and forearm. This specialized branch of surgical procedures aims to restore functionality, mobility, and aesthetics. This intricate field combines advanced surgical techniques with a deep understanding of hand anatomy to address a wide range of issues, including fractures, nerve damage, arthritis, tendon injuries, and deformities.

Procedures and Techniques

There are many procedures that fall under the umbrella of reconstructive hand surgery, such as:

Purpose of Reconstructive Hand Surgery

Reconstructive hand surgery involves a range of procedures performed with meticulous precision. The goal is to optimize hand function, enhance grip strength, improve flexibility, and restore the natural appearance of the hand. This helps patients perform daily tasks with increased comfort and proficiency. While often essential for restoring function and improving self-image, reconstructive hand surgery can also relieve pain. This is especially true in the case of treating carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Dupuytren’s contracture. It can also correct congenital birth abnormalities of the fingers and hands.

Benefits of Reconstructive Hand Surgery

Here are the main benefits of reconstructive hand surgery:

Reconstructive hand surgery aims to restore the physical aspects as well as the functional and psychological well-being of patients. Surgery helps them lead more fulfilling and productive lives.

Recovering From Reconstructive Hand Surgery

Recovering from reconstructive hand surgery can take patience and diligence. You may need to wear a splint or cast for several weeks to protect the surgical site while it heals. You may also need to undergo physical therapy to regain strength and mobility in your hand. Here are a few other guidelines to consider to ensure a smooth recovery:

Everyone’s healing process is unique, and how long it takes you to recover from reconstructive hand surgery depends on various factors. This includes the type of surgery you’ve had, your overall health, and how well you follow your doctor’s recommendations.

Promote a Full Recovery With The Hand and Wrist Institute

If you have any concerns about the health of your hand, schedule an appointment with our specialists in one of our two clinics in Dallas or Southlake, Texas. Having performed over 20,000 procedures, Dr. Knight and our team can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and guide you every step of the way on your road to recovery.


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Dr. John Knight
Dr. John Knight

Dr. Knight is a renowned hand, wrist and upper extremity surgeon with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Knight is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship trained. Dr Knight has appeared on CNN, The Doctors TV, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Oxygen network and more.