Hand Surgery. Our Specialisations
Our team is specialised in the treatment of hand malfunctions. Hand function can be impaired by accidents, wear phenomena, infections, rheumatism, diseases of the hand tissue or congenital deformities. Particular specialisations in the operations performed include arthroscopy as a minimum-invasive procedure, the implantation of finger joint and wrist prostheses, operative treatment of fractures of the distal radius, interventions on the wristbone and microsurgery.
- Fractures of the hand, lower arm and elbow
- Tendon and ligament injuries of the fingers and wrist
- Surgery on children's hands (congenital deformities)
- Arthritis of the joints
- Nerve compression syndrome and plexus damage
- Rheumatic hand
- Sports injuries to the hand and arm
- Connective tissue diseases (morbus dupuytren)
Treatments in the centre for hand surgery
In the centre for hand surgery we use the latest surgical techniques to relieve pain and restore function in hands affected by injuries or degenerative changes. Your wellbeing is the focus of our work. We always endeavour to offer the best possible treatment concepts for your disorder, in which we combine the latest scientific knowledge, our experience and your needs.
Acute care of injuries forms a central part of our work: For fractures, lacerations or amputational injuries, e.g. the loss of a finger or parts of the hand, we are there for you with our expert emergency team around the clock. Our Department is licensed by the professional associations to treat hand, lower arm and elbow agencies.
Minimum invasive hand surgery - microsurgery
Technical advances in medicine have also made their mark on hand surgery. Nowadays, it is possible to examine a wrist from the inside using an arthroscope via the smallest skin incision and to treat injuries using minimally invasive (keyhole) procedures. High-performance microscopes are used to reconstruct injured blood vessels and nerves which are less than one millimetre in diameter. Suture materials are available for these procedures that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Modern osteosynthesis techniques
We always endeavour to offer our patients the best osteosynthesis procedures with the latest implants for the treatment of fractures. The range of treatments available for fractures has increased considerably due to improved implants. The development of new so-called fixed angle titanium plates, for example, has resulted in major improvements in the surgical care of distal radius fractures, one of the most common forms of fractures in humans.
Furthermore, scaphoid fractures, one of the most common forms of fracture associated with sporting injuries, can be optimally stabilised with titanium screws in a minimally invasive procedure. In all cases, patients benefit from significantly shorter postoperative immobilisation and a better functional outcome.
Fitting of prosthetics
Certain systemic diseases such as chronic polyarthritis (rheumatism) or polyarthritis in the small joints of the fingers and trauma affecting the joints may lead to progressive damage in the joints affected. This will generally result in considerable pain, swelling and impaired mobility. Joint replacement has become an established part of hand surgery thanks to the development of new and modern types of prosthesis. Given the relevant indications, we provide wrist prostheses, radial head prostheses, ulnar head prostheses and metacarpophalangeal joint prostheses with good success.
Treatment of congenital deformities
It is initially a shocking experience for parents when their newborn child turns out to have a congenital deformity. In the upper extremities, deformities range from simple forms such as a double thumb or fingers that have grown together to complex forms in which individual fingers or even parts of the arm are missing.
We are there for these parents in both word and deed from the moment their child is born as the use of special surgical techniques will in many cases make it possible to correct congenital or traumatic dysfunction in the child's hand at an early stage of their growth, and thus to prevent or alleviate any symptoms that could potentially result.
Postoperative follow-up care
Follow-up care is a highly important factor in the success of a surgical intervention on the hand. To this end, our experienced team of hand therapists will prepare a tailored follow-up treatment plan in agreement with the surgeon for each patient. If necessary, our ergotherapy department makes customised splints to the highest specifications for our hand patients.