Hand and Upper Extremity
Specialty trained, experienced surgeons and hand/ upper extremity therapists treat all aspects of the upper extremity from the shoulder to the hand. This includes complex reconstructive problems, including replantation; skin, vascular, nerve, tendon and bone repair and reconstruction; Dupuytrens, benign and malignant tumors; rehabilitation and restoration of hands and upper extremities afflicted with arthritis; stroke problems, cerebral palsy, congenital conditions, and work-related injuries, especially cumulative disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition degenerative and reconstructive shoulder and upper extremity disorders are addressed. Joint replacement of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand are performed. A full complement of arthroscopic and open techniques are used to address common and uncommon shoulder, elbow and wrist disorders.
In the Hand & Upper Extremity Center, the department's specialists see adult and pediatric cases. Children requiring surgery are treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Through the Medical College of Wisconsin Hand Trauma Association, the department's experts collaborate with their counterparts in plastic surgery.
The department also works in conjunction with physical medicine specialists and therapists to treat injuries and chronic maladies of the nerves of the upper extremities, and with Medical College radiologists, especially in the evaluation of obscure wrist pain.
Ongoing research includes evaluation of surgical procedures, tendon material, microsurgery, and bone fixation techniques. Dr. Grindel and his team are actively involved in clinical outcomes research of treatments for shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff disease. He is also involved in basic research assessing motion analysis and rotator cuff function after rotator cuff repair.
The department offers a post-graduate fellowship training program in hand surgery with cross-rotations in plastic surgery.