What is Hand Surgery?

Our hands are used almost unconsciously every day at work and at play. We seldom think about them until something is not quite right. Conditions such as hand injury or severe infection bring sudden and catastrophic loss of hand function. Other hand conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome can cause slowly progressing or chronic pain in our hands in the absence of any hand injury. Whether acute or chronic, these problems must be accurately diagnosed and correctly treated so we can function normally.

Common hand problems include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, ganglion cysts, arthritis and repetitive stress injuries. Many of these are treated non-surgically with medication, splints, physiotherapy or injections, while some may require minor hand operations. More severe hand conditions such as hand infections, fractures and dislocations of the hand and wrist, nerve injuries, tendon injuries, amputations and complex hand injuries require urgent hand surgery. Whether elective or urgent, minor or major, any surgery on the hands should be done by a fully trained, Singapore Medical Council registered specialist hand surgeon to ensure the best chance of restoring function and appearance of the hands.

At the Centre for Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Singapore(CHARMS), we are a team of senior, nationally and internationally renowned hand surgeons and hand therapists with more than 50 years’ combined experience in treating hand conditions of all kinds. We provide personalized and dedicated treatment at the highest level with the aim of giving you the best possible outcome.

In addition to treating all common hand problems, we specialize in providing advanced solutions for more esoteric and complex hand problems such as

  • Aesthetic and functional reconstruction of birth or congenital deformities of the hands and upper limb
  • Improving function of paralysed, spastic or weak upper limbs caused by cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal cord injury or nerve injuries
  • Microsurgical reconstruction of complex hand and upper limb trauma
  • Artificial joint replacements for hand and wrist arthritis
  • Minimally invasive (arthroscopic) surgery for complex wrist problems
  • Minimally invasive (endoscopic) surgery for nerve compression such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome