Plastic Surgery

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Hand Diagnosis

At the Hand Center we can provide diagnosis and treatment for many specialty areas including arthritis, vascular disorders, Dupuytren’s Disease, tumors, cysts, sports injuries, mallet finger and sprains.


Arthritis in the hand occurs when joints are inflamed and may occur at the base of the thumb (the trapeziometacarpal joint), the middle joint of a finger, (the PIP joint) or in the metacarpophalangeal (MP) joint. The most common forms include osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Nerve Compression Syndrome

Nerves are fragile and can be damaged by pressure, stretching, or cutting. Often, damaged nerves can be repaired, either by suturing two ends back together, or, if a piece is missing or badly damaged, by using a nerve graft to fill a gap.

Sports Injuries

At The Hand Center – Plastic Surgery we can provide treatment for many types of sports injuries which affect the hand and upper extremity, including “tennis elbow”, “skier’s thumb”, rotator cuff injuries, sprains and fractures.

Tumors and Cysts

A tumor or mass in the hand can range from those on the skin, such as a mole or wart, to those underneath the skin in the soft tissue or bone. The most common tumor in the hand and wrist is the ganglion cyst.

Vascular Disorders

Vascular disorders may cause a lack of blood flow to the hand and/or fingertips. Vascular disorders in the hand may result from trauma such as knife wounds which damage blood vessels, from aneurysms or blocked blood vessels, Raynaud's disease, or vascular malformations.
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