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Digit Replantation

Digit replantation is when a doctor surgically reattaches a part of the body to restore function. Replantation works best when minimal damage has occurred, although most replantations are required because of trauma. During surgery, a doctor will remove damaged tissue and reconnect bones with pins, screws or wires to hold the digit in place during ... Read More »

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Limb Replantation

Limb replantation is when a doctor surgically reattaches a limb to the body to restore function. Replantation works best when the limb has minimal damage. During surgery, a doctor will remove damaged tissue and reconnect bones with pins, screws or wires to hold the limb in place during the healing process and repair nerves, tendons ... Read More »

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger occurs when the tendons in the fingers or thumbs become inflamed and swollen so that they no longer glide easily over the joints but instead lock or catch momentarily when bent. It is common to feel a pop when the tendon slips out of the lock position and straightens. What are the signs ... Read More »

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is the small passageway at the wrist where the median nerve runs from the elbow to the fingertips. When the nerve is compressed, it creates a burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers and causes numbness, swelling, pain, and a weakness in grip. As an academic medical institution and tertiary ... Read More »

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Tendon Transfer

When hand function is impaired, Keck Medicine of USC orthopaedic surgeons may perform a tendon transfer to restore use and relieve pain. The procedure takes a working tendon from another part of the body or from a donor and reroutes it through soft tissue to connect the muscles. If the area has significant scarring or ... Read More »

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Nerve Grafting

A nerve graft replaces the damaged portion of a nerve with a healthy nerve segment taken from another part of the body or from a donor. Once the transplanted nerve is surgically grafted in place, it will grow new nerve fibers, the goal being that the patient will regain sensory and motor function.

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Peripheral Nerve Injury

Peripheral nerves work on the periphery of the central nervous system, connecting other areas of the body to the brain and spine. The 43 pairs of these nerves are connected through an extensive network, and injury is common. Minor cases involve mild compression of the nerves. More serious injuries occur when the nerve is cut ... Read More »

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Extensor Tendon Injury

Extensor tendons extend the wrist and hand so that they can fully open and lay flat. Running from the elbow to the fingertips, these tendons are located on the back of the hand, just under the skin and on top of the finger bones. Because of their location, extensor tendons are easy to injure. What ... Read More »

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Flexor Tendon Injury

Flexor tendons run from the elbow to the hand and then through protective layers called tendon sheaths to the tips of the fingers. These tendons flex and bend the fingers. When the tendons are cut or injured, the finger will not bend fully or stop bending altogether. Injuries that may seem minor on the outside ... Read More »

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