Trauma: Fractures, Nerve Injuries, Tendon Injuries
Our Plastic + Hand team is trained in all aspects of hand surgery. We specialize in treating fractures, nerve injuries, tendon injuries, and soft tissue injuries. With the skill and knowledge of an orthopedic hand surgeon and the attention to detail of a plastic surgeon, we offer the most complete approach to your traumatic injury. While function is always the top goal, we’re also dedicated to restoring the normal aesthetic appearance of the hand for the self-confidence you deserve.
Since traumatic injury is a wide-ranging topic with many factors, we will give you a basic overview here and provide you with your customized treatment plan in our office.
Trusted by Maine Health and Mercy Hospital for nearly 40 years, we are the most skilled surgical team that offers a comprehensive range of advanced procedures and treatments to address various traumatic hand and wrist conditions.
Through an in-depth evaluation and physical examination (that may sometimes involve imaging and nerve tests), our Plastic + Hand team ensures you will have the most appropriate treatment plan for your traumatic hand, wrist, or tendon injury.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF TRAUMATIC INJURIES?
Many things can cause traumatic hand and/or wrist injuries:
- Sharp cuts (kitchen accidents are common, including cutting an avocado)
- Vehicle accidents (bone fractures can often impale a sharp edge into the nerve)
- Dog bites
There are many types of traumatic injuries:
- Distal radius fracture (wrist fracture)
- Hand fractures
- Finger fractures
- Alignment/dislocation issues
Nerve trauma can happen from any form of hand trauma and may present as a bruised nerve, a cut nerve, a partially cut nerve, or a stretched nerve.
Tendon injuries need very early specialist intervention. When you have a cut or damaged tendon, it needs to be repaired. In the most basic explanation, tendon repair involves stitching the ends together in a specialized way to be strong and effective. However, this must be done correctly to allow the tendon to move properly for your fingers, hands, and wrist to move.
Tendons course through very small, lubricated tunnels, and the area where the tendon is repaired cannot get stuck in that tunnel. There is a fine balance in repairing the tendon, ensuring it heals while preserving its ability to glide. At the Maine Hand Center at Plastic + Hand, we provide this customized treatment plan for each patient to achieve the best possible result. This includes onsite occupational therapy, which is almost as important, if not more important, than the surgery itself.
Revisions for past injuries
After traumatic hand or wrist injuries, some people may still have functional issues after they have healed. Our Plastic + Hand team can help restore this critical function.
HOW DO YOU DIAGNOSE TRAUMATIC INJURIES?
The Maine Hand Center at Plastic + Hand is your first and only stop for your comprehensive hand treatment plan. Of course, if you have a traumatic injury, you may have seen the Emergency Department as the first step in your medical care.
We start this process by listening. We ask patients about their symptoms and what bothers them in their hands and/or wrists. The surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation, first asking about your health history, followed by a physical examination that may sometimes involve imaging tests (i.e., X-rays, CT Scan, or MRI) or nerve tests (i.e., Electromyography (EMG) or Nerve Conduction Study (NCS). This in-depth evaluation helps determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
WHAT ARE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR TRAUMATIC INJURIES?
Trusted by Maine Health and Mercy Hospital, the Maine Hand Center at Plastic + Hand handles most hand surgeries and specialized hand treatment in this region.
Depending on your specific diagnosis, your Plastic + Hand surgeon will discuss the most appropriate surgical options. With training from some of the top medical centers in the U.S. (including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCSF, Mayo Clinic), Plastic + Hand surgeons have the depth of experience and skills necessary to perform your hand surgery safely and successfully in the comfort of our accredited outpatient Plastic + Hand Surgery Center located on-site here in Portland, Maine.
In many cases, surgery is just the start of recovery, and intensive rehabilitation may be necessary to increase hand strength and function. That’s why Plastic + Hand includes occupational therapists as important members of our team to provide treatment for patients with traumatic hand, wrist, or tendon injuries.
HOW MUCH DOES TRAUMATIC INJURY TREATMENT COST?
You’ll discuss your traumatic injury plan with your Plastic + Hand surgeon. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your medical history, symptoms, and discuss the best procedure for your diagnosis.
After this personalized consultation, our scheduling and pre-authorization team will work with you and your insurance company to ensure the treatment is covered and scheduled in a timely manner.
OUR PLASTIC + HAND SURGEONS ARE THE MOST TRUSTED TEAM FOR TRAUMATIC INJURY PROCEDURES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS IN MAINE
If you’re considering hand surgery or non-surgical treatment for your traumatic injury, our Plastic + Hand team has the most qualified hand surgeons in Maine. Not only have we successfully completed the most reconstructive procedures in the region, but our team is also the only plastic surgery team trusted by Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and Southern Maine Medical Center.
Plastic + Hand surgeons offer a comprehensive range of advanced procedures and treatments to address various hand conditions. Hand surgery procedures treat traumatic and post-injury problems, carpal tunnel, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, ganglion cysts, and congenital abnormalities.
In many cases, surgery is just the start of recovery, and intensive rehabilitation may be necessary to increase hand strength and function. That’s why Plastic + Hand includes occupational therapists as important members of our team to provide treatment for patients with hand injuries.
It’s time to discover the results you seek, offered with the respect and compassion you deserve. The first step begins here.
Please have your doctor reach out to us to start the process today. They can fax your referral to our office at 207-879-1646 or call us at 207-775-3446 with questions.