Most people are not aware that plastic surgeons are trained in the field of hand surgery.
Since it's the most flexible part of the human body, the hand enables us to perform many of our daily activities. When our hand and wrist are not working correctly, activities such as driving a car, bathing, and cooking can become nearly impossible. Dr Phiri has vast experience and an interest in hand surgery to restore functionality.
Dr Phiri treats the following hand conditions:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This syndrome occurs when there is a pinched nerve in the wrist. There is a tunnel (the carpal tunnel) in the wrist where the median nerve and nine tendons pass through. The nerve is pinched when swelling in the tunnel puts pressure on the nerve.
In this disease, there is an abnormal thickening of the tissue just beneath the skin of the palm and fingers. Over time the scarring can draw the fingers toward the palm, causing contracture and impaired function of the hand. It affects men more than women.
Ganglion cysts are quite common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to tendons or joints. They almost appear like small water balloons. Ganglion cysts most often appear at the top of the wrist and the palm side of the wrist.
Trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and a sensation of catching or locking when you bend and straighten your finger. The thumb and ring finger are most often affected by a trigger finger, but it can occur in other fingers as well.
If you’re experiencing any hand-related problems, contact Dr Phiri. He will make an assessment and suggest the best possible treatment to get your hand functioning to its full ability again.