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Hand Surgery

Dr Edmund Ek is a specialist plastic surgeon trained in hand surgery. As a microsurgeon with extensive experience in reconstructive surgery, Dr Ek regularly treats a wide range of elective and emergency hand conditions. He is dedicated to providing attentive care before, during and after your operation.

Whether you have suffered an injury or have a chronic and worsening hand condition, Dr Ek and his supportive team will be on hand to explain your treatment and rehabilitation options, and to answer whatever questions or concerns you may have.

Common conditions Dr Ek treats include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Trigger Finger
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Ganglions
  • Hand Fractures
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Lacerations

While Dr Ek recommends doing as much independent research as you feel is necessary, he also recommends taking the time to come in and speak to a knowledgeable practitioner in the field in person.

To book or enquire about an appointment, please contact Dr Ek’s team on (03) 8419 0900.

Making the Decision to Undergo Hand Surgery

After thorough examinations of your condition and consultation with your referring doctor, Dr Ek will present you with what he believes to be an appropriate course of action for healing or improving your injury or condition.

The treatment plan may or may not include surgery – sometimes, non-surgical treatments such as steroid injections or hand therapy can be enough.

If, however, surgery is the recommended option, Dr Ek will take as much time as is needed to fully explain the process and procedure, including projected outcomes, risks, healing times and long-term success rates.

Understanding the Hand Surgery Procedure

Being such a complex marriage of bones, joints, tendons, nerves and arteries, hand surgery is a delicate procedure requiring extreme precision and skill. Fortunately, with his years of training and experience working as a hand surgeon, Dr Ek is able to offer the skillset necessary to perform these complex operations.

The exact details of the surgery will vary depending on your condition – however they may include:

  • Repair of damaged bone and tissue
  • Repair of blood vessels and nerves
  • Reconstruction of joints
  • Tendon reconstruction

Dr Ek will take the time to explain the procedure in full to help you decide whether or not you want to go ahead with it.

Recovering From Hand Surgery

As with any other surgery, you will need some recovery time following your hand surgery. The time taken is dependent on the surgery performed, the type and cause of your hand condition, and your overall health.

The healing process can be uncomfortable at times. It is essential to follow Dr Ek’s recommendations for pain control, hygiene, wound management and physiotherapy. Your hand may be immobilised in a bandage or splint to protect it from damage while it heals, and there will likely be restrictions placed on work, exercise and other activities.

On average, healing from a hand surgery takes approximately six weeks. Rehabilitation (such as physical therapy and/or occupational therapy) may be recommended to increase the strength and function of your hand.

What Results or Outcomes May Be Achieved

Dr Ek will aim to restore your hand functionality as fully as possible, while reducing any related pain or discomfort caused by your condition.

However, depending on the severity of your hand injury or condition, outcomes and long-term success rates will vary. Enlisting the services of a specialist hand surgeon may help give you a better chance of a successful long-term outcome.

To further improve your chances of success, Dr Ek works closely with a number of hand therapists to ensure that you have the specialised postoperative rehabilitation needed to help restore your hand function.

For more information on the hand surgeries Dr Ek performs, please contact us on (03) 8419 0900.