In addition to traumatic injury, hand reconstruction may also be performed to address issues caused by degenerative changes, infections, birth defects, and rheumatic diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Hand reconstruction is a highly complicated procedure that requires excellent skills and the artistic eye of a board certified plastic surgeon.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers hand reconstruction surgery to patients in Conroe Texas, and the surrounding Houston area. Over the years, he has helped countless men, women, and children restore their self-confidence.

Dr. Christopher works with a team of experienced clinicians and goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their plastic surgery outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of adverse complications.

Types of Hand Reconstruction

Dr. Balinger performs several types of hand surgery to suit the needs of different patients.

Skin Grafting

This reconstructive hand surgery is performed to attach skin to parts of the hand that have missing skin due to injury or fingertip amputation. Plastic surgeons harvest healthy skin from other parts of the body and then use it to dress the injured area.

Nerve Repairs

Injuries can damage nerves in the hands, leading to loss of feeling and loss of function in the hand. Many nerve injuries will resolve on their own as new pathways are generated. But severe injuries may need to be corrected with surgery, which is typically performed within 6 weeks of the injury. Plastic surgeons may re-attach severed nerves to other nerve ends, or perform a nerve graft to replace damaged nerves with healthy ones from other areas of the body.

Skin Flaps

This plastic surgery is similar to a skin graft in that healthy skin is borrowed from a donor site and taken to the affected part of the hand. The difference is that with this approach, the skin is translocated along with its own blood supply, and the surrounding section of fat and muscle. This technique is commonly used to treat areas where the existing skin lacks a good blood supply (possibly due to extensive tissue damage).

Tendon Repair

Tendons are basically fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones. Trauma, sudden rupture, or infections may result in tendon injury and damage. The structure of tendons in the hand is particularly complicated, which can make this reconstructive hand surgery very complex. In many cases, the surgery needs to be completed in three phases to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Other types of hand surgery include fasciotomy, joint replacement, replantation, and surgical drainage to treat hand infections. Dr. Balinger knows that the needs of each patient are unique. The surgeon will examine your hand defects and discuss a personalized treatment plan to reach both functional and cosmetic goals.

Prepare for Your Hand Reconstruction

Taking the time to understand what your surgery entails and prepare ahead of time can help ensure a successful procedure. You will be asked to stop taking some medication and herbal supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. Smoking is also forbidden in the weeks before the surgery because it can increase the risk of complications and impair healing. The surgeon will let you know what to do on the night before the surgery, and what supplies you need to have in place for a smooth recovery.

Your Surgical Experience

Hand reconstruction procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or accredited surgical facilities. Right before the surgery, anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable throughout the plastic surgery.

The surgeon will then use a variety of leading-edge surgical techniques to achieve the goals of the reconstruction. These may include microsurgery techniques to reconnect tendons and nerves, skin and nerve grafting, or minimally invasive techniques using an endoscope.

Dr. Balinger is very careful with incisions and works proactively to minimize the advent of visible scarring post-procedure. Once the surgery is completed and the treatment areas bandaged, you will be placed in Dr. Balinger’s observation room for monitoring before you are discharged.

Recovery After Hand Reconstruction

The duration of recovery after hand reconstruction can vary dramatically from one patient to another. Dr. Balinger will explain your personalized recovery journey during one of your pre-op consultation visits. The surgeon will also provide detailed aftercare instructions as well as the support you need for an optimal and speedy hand reconstruction recovery. In some cases, Dr. Balinger may recommend therapy to help regain hand movement, flexibility, and strength.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired plastic surgery outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. A board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform this treatment and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for hand reconstruction, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Balinger

The first step towards a successful hand reconstruction is to attend a consultation at Dr. Balinger’s Houston office. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your hand(s), and discuss the goals, alternatives, and potential risks and benefits of each hand surgery approach. Once the surgeon has determined the best course of treatment, the surgery will be scheduled at a date that is convenient for you. Dr. Balinger will keep you involved throughout the planning stage and explain all the technical aspects of the treatment in a language that you can understand.

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What is hand reconstruction?

Hand reconstruction is a type of plastic surgery that Dr. Balinger performs to help his patients who have suffered some type of injury or defect. Accidents and injuries may cause scar tissue and interfere with the way that you can use your hands. Congenital defects may cause abnormalities that make using your hands very difficult and make you feel uneasy about how your hands look. Even some types of surgery, such as the excision of skin cancer, can affect how your hands look. These are just examples of how hand reconstruction by Dr. Balinger may help you.

How much does hand reconstruction cost?

We can discuss your cost after the consultation with Dr. Balinger. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of hand reconstruction?

General surgeons are excellent resources for procedures that focus solely on the ability to use your hands, yet these types of procedures may leave behind scars and other cosmetic concerns. Working with Dr. Balinger for your hand reconstruction means that effort possible effort is made to find a good balance between function and aesthetics.

How is hand reconstruction performed?

Dr. Balinger uses a combination of innovative techniques for hand reconstruction, such as:

  • Microsurgery
  • Skin, bone and cartilage grafts
  • Scar revision

He explains the techniques for your hand reconstruction during the consultation.

What is recovery like after hand reconstruction?

Recovery from hand reconstruction does take time. You will need to rest at home and limit how much you use your hand. This may involve taking time away from work, school and other activities. You may also need physical therapy to strength the hand. We recommend that you arrange for someone to stay with you for a few days or longer after the surgery.

How long will hand reconstruction results last?

The results of your hand reconstruction are permanent. In some cases, revision surgeries are needed to address concerns that arise as you heal. The revision surgeries are typically less intensive than the original hand reconstruction procedure.

If you have recently had surgery on your hand or suffered some type of trauma, learn more about hand reconstruction at Houston Plastic Surgery Associates. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers hand reconstruction for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free hand reconstruction consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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