Hand Surgery Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

When your hands feel good, it’s easy to underestimate their role, but when something is wrong, hand pain can lead to difficulty eating, getting dressed, writing, and a plethora of other daily activities. At Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, the highly trained team can address your hand pain and help you find a solution. With office locations in Munster and Crown Point, Indiana, Dr. Harry Moffitt, who has completed an extensive fellowship in hand surgery, can determine the best course of action for your hand issues. Call today or go online to schedule your appointment.

Hand Surgery Q & A

Who needs hand surgery?

To properly function, your hands require muscles, bones, tendons, and joints to all work together in harmony. When one malfunction, it can impact both sensation and movement throughout your hand.

Dr. Moffitt can address these issues and others that arise in the hand, wrist, and forearm, restoring proper function and movement. Some of the most common ailments that he sees patients for include:

  • Wrist pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Trigger finger


He also may help improve or restore strength, flexibility, and function in your hand or fingers.

 

What happens during hand surgery?

The type of hand surgery you have determines what occurs during the procedure, but in most cases, the steps are similar. Dr. Moffitt performs most hand surgeries under local or general anesthesia.

Once anesthesia is administered, your doctor uses a scalpel to create an incision and open the hand. Dr. Moffitt may reattach tendons, relieve pressure on nerves, or remove any type of cyst that causes issues.

Once he corrects your condition, Dr. Moffitt closes the incision on your hand with either stitches or sutures.

 

What is hand surgery recovery like?

After your hand surgery, your surgeon may wrap your hand in bandages or apply a stint to keep the hand in a specific position. Dr. Moffitt provides you with care instructions, including how to clean the surgical site and reapply your bandages.

Depending on the type and scope of your hand surgery, you may need to rest the hand or your doctor may recommend physical therapy to rebuild hand strength and function. Dr. Moffitt may give you hand exercises to do at home.

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome or another condition causes by repetitive movements, your surgeon may discuss ways to reduce your risk of reinjury.

In most cases, it can take weeks to months to recover from hand surgery. Following your surgeon’s aftercare directions and keeping your follow-up appointments are vital to a full recovery.

To learn more about what hand surgery can do for you, call or go online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Moffitt, a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, and start feeling better.