What is hand surgery?
Draper, UT board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, is also a trained and skilled hand surgeon. To complement his plastic surgery skills, Dr. Chiddy learned how to perform minimally invasive hand surgery. Because of this, he can help patients regain function in their hand(s) and provide a natural and healthy appearance. Hand surgery is a very specialized type of microsurgery that incorporates precise and effective techniques to treat your hand. If a patient has a severe injury, congenital disorder, or damage to the tendon and nerve, Dr. Chiddy performs complex hand surgery to ensure their hand looks natural while reconstructing the fine muscles, bones, and peripheral nerves.
Hand Surgery Reviews
"Excellent hand surgeon, great bedside manner, great staff and facility"- H.P. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"Dr. Chidester is the best! I traveled from Las Vegas to have my surgery because he is so good at what he does. He and his staff make you feel so comfortable through the entire process. I will definitely be back!"- K.H. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Awesome Dr. Was very lucky to get him to work on my finger. Highly recommend him and his office!"- S.P. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"Dr. Chidister repaired my hand after a chainsaw injury. Not only is he a really talented physician, but a super cool guy! Thanks!"- J.W. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"I went in originally to get a lipoma removed. He carefully removed it and sent it to the lab and it turned out to be cancer. He helped me find doctors at Huntsman to help me. Thanks to him it hasn’t spread anywhere. Also he has helped me with my thumb. I am still being treated. But it is getting better."- C. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
Hand Surgery Conditions Treated
For patients who suffer from conditions that affect the hands, this can significantly hinder their ability to perform everyday activities. If you do, it can impact everything, from completing small tasks to managing strenuous work. Patients can experience a variety of conditions that reduce the function and impact the cosmetic appearance. Thankfully, with today’s medical advancements and Dr. Chiddy’s expert knowledge, he can treat many of these conditions.
Ulnar neuropathy, or cubital tunnel syndrome, impacts one of the ulnar nerves. This nerve is one of the primary ones within the hand, and it helps give your hand strength. If damaged, it can cause problems with dexterity or the ability to feel sensations. Ulnar neuropathy has several notable symptoms, which include loss of hand strength, numbness or prickling in the fourth and fifth fingers, elbow tenderness, and weakness in the muscles attached to the index, ring, and pinky fingers.
Dupuytren’s disease happens when the layer of tissue underneath the skin starts to thicken. Typically, the condition affects the palm of the hand, but it may also impact the fingers. If it impacts the fingers, this condition is known as Dupuytren’s contracture. This condition is progressive and usually starts as thickened skin on the knuckles or the palms.
Ganglion cysts are tiny, liquid-filled lumps that occur in the wrist and hand. Occurring near the joints and tendons, patients may have lumps on the palm or wrist. They can feel hard or soft and may cause mild to severe pain. Generally, they are only about an inch long or not even visible. If you experience this condition, it’s important to note that ganglion cysts do not cause cancer, do not spread, and can show up at every age. Sometimes, they may go away without requiring professional treatment.
Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is a painful condition that happens when the arm is overstrained. This condition is a common overuse injury in tennis, which is how this condition received its name. Sometimes, it can happen to patients who perform repetitious movements of the arm and wrists. Often, this condition occurs in professions that require lots of repetitive movement in the arms and wrists, such as mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, butchers, and painters. Also known as lateral elbow pain, tennis elbow can cause uncomfortable symptoms if left untreated.
A trigger finger or thumb can cause extreme pain when a patient’s fingers or thumbs become locked while bent. Most often, this condition impacts the ring finger, and it can create uncomfortable symptoms, like tightness or popping sensations.
Carpal tunnel syndrome a condition that impacts one of the main nerves in the hand called the median. When the nerve is pinched, it can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms in the hand, such as pain, weakness, dexterity loss, and decreased function.
Hand Surgery Surgical Technique
When it comes to hand surgery, Dr. Chiddy can choose from a variety of techniques. Each treatment is tailored to meet your needs and address the painful symptoms you experience. For patients who have functional or pain problems caused by a congenital defect, Dr. Chiddy may use skin grafting or z-plasty to treat the hand. If you need reconstructive surgery, he uses techniques that treat nerve damage or injuries to the tendons or soft tissue. Depending on your condition, you may require microsurgery for conditions that utilize precise techniques to treat the tendons or nerves. If microsurgery is needed, Dr. Chiddy uses specialized technology to perform delicate treatments. No matter the type of technique or technology used, Dr. Chiddy’s goal is to provide natural-looking results while improving hand function.
Hand Surgery During/After Surgery
Based on the treatment type and the intricacy of your hand surgery, you may be discharged the same day or require an overnight stay for careful monitoring. Dr. Chiddy performs your treatment in his accredited AAAASF surgical suite so you can have a comfortable and private experience. Your recovery time depends on the type of treatment, and if you suffered from a severe hand injury or trauma, you may require physical therapy. After any type of hand surgery, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions. To ensure your hand heals properly, we highly recommend following all of the directions. You will also need to schedule follow-up appointments so Dr. Chiddy can assess your healing progress.
Handle Your Hand Pain
At his office in Draper, UT, Dr. Chiddy performs delicate cosmetic and reconstructive hand surgery to help reduce painful symptoms caused by various hand conditions. Don't let hand pain hinder your everyday life. If you experience weakness, numbness, or stiffness in the hands, this could impact even the easiest activities. Dr. Chiddy's goal is to provide functional and natural-looking results for people who experience congenital defects, trauma or injury, or certain hand conditions. Each patient receives a unique treatment plan that Dr. Chiddy tailors to their needs and goals. Once he has developed a plan and thoroughly listened to your questions, his team will provide information about the cost or financing through Prosper, CareCredit, and Mountain America Credit Union. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City Area, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment to learn more.