Welcome to Handandwristsurgery.org


Our hands are social tools allowing us to communicate and interact with our environment whether it be eating, drinking, romancing pursuing artistic or recreational pursuits, and usually are essential for us to earn money to enable us in these activities.

To do these tasks and activities, our hands have to sense our surroundings and enable movement of joints through tendon and muscle function at the command of our brain.

When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible.

It is an awareness of this that is part and parcel of hand and wrist surgery.

What is a Hand Surgeon?

In the United Kingdom, Hand surgeons are orthopaedic, or plastic surgeons that have undertaken additional training in surgery of the hand and wrist.

Andrew Collier is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in conditions of the hand and wrist. He undertook his additional training in the form of the National Hand Fellowship in Oxford, U.K. and a 2-month Fellowship at Massachusetts with Professor Jesse Jupiter.

However, many disorders and injuries of the hand are treated without surgery, using splints, taping, injections and hand physiotherapy.

Many hand surgeons are also experienced in diagnosing and caring for shoulder and elbow problems. For example, as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Collier still maintains his skills required for his day-to-day practice managing general trauma and orthopaedic conditions.

A typical hand surgery operation is performed as a day-case under either general anaesthetic or regional anaesthetic (injected in the armpit or above the shoulder, to numb the entire arm; the patient is awake or lightly sedated, according to preference).

An overnight stay in hospital is unusual, but is occasionally required for some operations on the hand, when surgery is prolonged, or if social circumstances prevent day surgery.

A few operations can be performed under local anaesthesia (injected beneath the skin at the site of surgery).

Your surgeon uses fine instruments to handle the delicate structures in the hand, and uses magnifying glasses (loupes).

Post-operative treatment by a physiotherapist and or occupational therapist may be required for optimal recovery after some types of hand surgery.


What is Hand and Wrist Surgery?