Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Most people associate plastic surgery with cosmetic surgery. However, plastic surgery includes treating a vast variety of conditions that include congenital, acquired and traumatic problems. Hand surgery is a vital area of expertise that is part of a plastic surgeon’s practice.
Dr. Steven C. Schmidt, a board-certified plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, has been treating hands for over 20 years.
“All plastic surgeons, as part of their core training, are exposed to a wide variety of hand surgeries,” Schmidt says. “It’s always been, since the beginning of plastic surgery, a key part of our education.”
What sets plastic surgeons apart.
As part of their education, plastic surgeons are trained in doing microscopic surgery, which involves identifying and protecting the smallest structures in the body.
“Plastic surgeons are the microsurgery experts, which sets us apart in terms of repairing nerves and blood vessels,” Schmidt says.
Another key characteristic of a plastic surgeon is their handling of tissues.
“We are experts in wound healing and in tissues, which is very important in hand surgery because the structures are very small and can be very delicate,” Schmidt says.
Our plastic surgeons, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Elizabeth A. O’Connor and Dr. James Zasuly treat a wide spectrum of hand- and wrist-related conditions caused by traumatic injuries, degenerative conditions or workplace exposure.
“We treat a wide variety of hand problems that include common ones like carpal tunnel, trigger finger, arthritis and cysts, and less common ones like industrial accidents and wrist injuries,” Schmidt says.
One of the newest procedures in hand surgery,Thread Carpal Tunnel Release, is being offered for carpal tunnel or trigger finger syndrome. It is much less invasive than the traditional surgery and is done in the office with much less down time.
Experts in hand care.
“We just want to make sure that people realize that we do hand surgery. We enjoy doing this, it’s a vital part of our practice and we think we offer a very good service to our patients,” Schmidt says.
Our plastic surgeons are part of a team that will work together to provide you a treatment plan for your situation. Whether it’s a hand issue that you’ve struggled with for a long time, something that happened suddenly, or you’re just looking for a second option – call us at 920-288-8240 or request an appointment online.