Restoring Hand Functionality Using Plastic Surgery

Hand and wrist conditions or injuries can vary dramatically in their severity and in the impact they have on a patient's daily life. At the University of Chicago Medicine, our highly skilled plastic surgeons are dedicated to finding a treatment strategy that best restores function and form to your hands. We specialize in a broad scope of hand and wrist conditions, including congenital hand malformations, arthritis and rheumatologic disorders, nerve dysfunction and traumatic hand injuries. Our goal is to provide the best possible outcome for our patients and improve their overall quality of life.

The hand is composed of many different bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves that work together to allow for a wide range of movement, strength and fine dexterity.

Hand & Wrist Conditions We Treat

As leaders in the field of hand surgery, our physicians are expertly trained to treat conditions affecting any aspect of the hand and upper extremity. We welcome referrals for complex cases and second opinions.

  • Congenital constriction (amniotic) band syndrome
  • Cleft hand deformities
  • Polydactyly — duplicated thumb 
  • Radial club hand
  • Syndactyly — webbed fingers
  • Trigger finger
  • Ulnar club hand
  • Underdevelopment/overgrowth of fingers (e.g. symbrachydactyly)
  • Arthritis, including rheumatoid, post-traumatic and basal joint arthritis
  • de Quervain’s syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Hand Tumors
  • Nerve compression syndromes, including carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinopathies
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger 
  • Vascular disorders
  • Amputation of the fingers or hand
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Flexor and extensor tendon injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations of the hand and wrist, including:
  • Finger/metacarpal fractures
  • Infections of the hand and arm 
  • Ligament injuries
  • Scaphoid fractures 
  • Traumatic nerve injuries

Hand & Wrist Services We Offer

Whether your condition is the result of a recent injury, due to wear and tear over time, or your child is born with a congenital deformity, our reconstructive hand surgeons will work with you to determine a treatment option that will restore optimal function to your or your child’s hand. We specialize in the following procedures:

  • Microsurgical reconstruction, a specialized technique used to transfer tissue to the hand for complex reconstruction, including vascularized bone grafts and toe-to-hand transfer
  • Reconstruction of congenital hand malformations
  • Secondary reconstruction for traumatic injuries
  • Nerve compression surgery
  • Tendon repair
  • Nerve repair
  • Replantation of amputated fingers or hands
  • Arthritis surgery, fusion and/or replacement of hand and wrist joints
  • Fracture repair, including percutaneous and open techniques
  • Dupuytren's contracture release