Nerve and Tendon Injury
What are Nerve and Tendon Injuries?
The nerves and tendons in our hands are hugely responsible for the function and movement of our hands and other appendages. When these nerves and tendons are damaged, our daily activities are significantly reduced. Dr. Fichadia is experienced in hand surgeries that than can help patients regain normal function and feeling.
Who is a Candidate for Nerve or Tendon Repair?
Once it has been established that there is severe damage to either a nerve or tendon in the hand or wrist, Dr. Fichadia will then examine the site of the injury to determine the best plan for treatment. Candidates for hand, nerve, or tendon surgery will probably have injuries that resulted in the tearing or splitting of a tendon or nerve.
Results & Recovery
A cut tendon or nerve will not be able to heal without surgery. In the case of nerve repair, nerve fibers grow slowly and may grow about one inch every month after a nerve is surgically repaired. Dr Fichadia has special interest in peripheral nerve surgery, and is experienced with using latest technology, including use of nerve allograft to bridge nerve gaps. It can also take a long time for tendons to work well again. Once the nerve are reconnected, there may be numbness, discomfort or a “pins and needles” feeling during recovery.
It can also take a long time for tendons to work well again. You will be referred to an experienced hand therapist after tendon repair to ensure optimal function of the repaired tendon.
After surgery, it will be imperative to follow the specific instructions provided to you by Dr. Fichadia. The area that was operated on will need to be protected but also exercised to limit stiffness and speed up recovery. Often times, Dr. Fichadia will recommend physical therapy to aid in recovery and return to normal function.
If you have had nerve or tendon injuries of the hand, contact Dr. Fichadia’s Portland office today to schedule a consultation.