Hand surgery can be performed as a cosmetic surgery or a corrective procedure, or both. Each type of surgery will come with its own sets of risks. These are inherent in almost every surgical procedure. The surgeon, during a pre-operative consultation will educate you about all factors related to the hand surgery, including safety aspects and potential risks.
It is vital that you choose a surgeon that has an outstanding track record in performing successful hand surgery and various other similar procedures. These surgeons are better equipped to minimize risks using proven and latest surgical techniques.
Envy Aesthetic Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez, provides hand surgery procedures to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.
Common Hand Surgery Risks
You may be asked to sign consent forms before getting your hand surgery or cosmetic surgery performed. This is to make sure that all risks are completely clear to you and that you have absolutely clarity about what the procedure entails. These are a few risks common to hand surgery:
- Blood clot formation
- Hematoma or excessive bleeding
- Infection after or during the surgery
- Skin contour irregularities
- Adverse anesthetic reaction
- Unfavorable scarring
- Skin discoloration
- Persistent swelling in the hand
- Poor healing where the incisions are made
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Allergies to glue, suture materials, topical preparations, tape, injected agents, and blood products
- Possible revision hand surgery
- Unresolved and constant pain
- Damage to muscles, nerves and blood vessels
- Pulmonary or cardiac malfunction
Risks and complications during and after the surgery can be minimized by experienced cosmetic surgeons. This is largely done by carrying out the operation in a completely sterile environment. They will also ensure the procedure is performed with precision by keeping all incisions minimal and discreet. Accomplished and capable surgeons make sure they follow safety protocols every step of the way.
Detailed care and safety instructions will be provided by the surgeon. You need to follow all these post-operative instructions for shortening the recovery phase. This is in your best interests for a variety of sound reasons. Post-operative risks can also be minimized by following all the instructions carefully.
Specific Risks Related to Hand Surgery Procedures
There are certain risks that are specific to hand surgery procedure. These are:
- Recurrence or non-improvement of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Inability or failure to repair the tendon and restore function
- Retraction of cut tendons
- Additional incisions required
- Recurrent tendon scarring
- Abnormal positioning of the tendon
- Tendon rupture
- Wound breakdown
- Trigger finger
- Seroma formation
You may need additional incisions wherever scarring has occurred. New incisions, in some cases, may also be needed to release scar tissue and limit tendon motion.
Minimizing the Risk of Hand Surgery
Getting a hand surgery done is a personal decision. You should make sure that the decision is made after attaining complete understanding of the complications and risks. Clear trust and open communication between the surgeon and patient, skillful execution, meticulous surgical planning, and diligent follow-up can ensure high success rate.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez receives patients from El Paso, TX, and nearby areas for hand surgery.
For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.