Hand reconstruction surgery is a highly intensive surgical procedure to improve the function and appearance of hands impaired by traumatic injury, birth defects or repetitive and strenuous daily activities. This type of surgery requires a surgeon with extensive, specialized training in reconstruction, repair or replacement of limbs, skin, joints and other affected tissue. Dr. Chariker was fellowship-trained in hand surgery at the renowned Kleinert Hand Institute, has extensive experience at the Navy's premier health care center in Virginia and works with both adults and children on hand reconstruction.Medical advances have made it possible to perform surgeries that can restore full or partial functionality of the hand and greatly improve its appearance. Insurance often covers these procedures, which are often the result of accident or trauma.
- Carpal Tunnel
- Hand Injuries
Dr. Chariker performs reconstructive surgeries to correct deformities resulting from traumatic crush injuries; detachment of limbs or fingers; and burns that result in blood vessel or nerve damage. These procedures may include nerve and tendon repair, reattachment (microsurgical replantation) of detached limbs and the resetting of fractured bones. In many cases, Dr. Chariker is able to restore a significant degree of feeling and function to injured hands. However, recovery may take months and a period of hand therapy will most often be needed.
Among the techniques Dr. Chariker uses:
- Grafting: the transfer of skin, bone, nerves, or other tissue from a healthy part of the body to repair the injured part
- Flap surgery: moving the skin – along with its underlying fat, blood vessels and muscle – from a healthy part of the body to the injured site
- Replantation or transplantation: restoring accidentally amputated fingers or hands using microsurgery, an extremely precise and delicate surgery
- performed under magnification. Some injuries may require several operations over an extended period of time.