HAND SURGERY, as the name implies, is a branch of surgery specializing in the surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand. It is a subspecialty certification that typically requires a one-year fellowship following a residency in Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or General Surgery. Many Hand Surgeons operate upon other areas of the upper extremity including the wrist, forearm, elbow, humerus, and shoulder. Several of these areas also fall under the care of general Orthopedic Surgery. Common Hand Surgery procedures include carpal tunnel surgery, repair of traumatic injuries and amputations, and treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture.
Litigation against Hand Surgeons is uncommon, though it does occur. Issues typically focus upon complications experienced during surgery or from poor surgical outcomes.