Dr. Steve Merten FRACS
Restore & Rejuvenate
pureaesthetics – cosmetic plastic & reconstructive surgery

Macquarie University


Suite 301, 2 Technology Pl
Macquarie University, NSW 2109
02 9812 3890

Sydney City


Level 6, 149 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9252 9262

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Hand Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions and General Care Tips

When hand problems occur, they can be debilitating, affecting not only the hands but also the wrists, elbows or even the shoulders. Luckily, there are manyhand Surgery options available for individuals suffering from the pain and frustration of limited mobility as a result of common conditions such as basic injuries, ganglion cysts and carpal tunnel syndrome, among others. Because hand reconstruction is not typically thought of as a common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, many patients have questions about the process, different options and the recovery from such a procedure. For that reason, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions relating to hand surgery:

Can Both Hands Be Operated On At the Same Time?

This question cannot be answered generally as often times, it is dependent on the severity of a patient’s condition. Typically, surgeons like to operate on one hand at a time to allow a patient the use of one hand while the other recovers. In severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome or other serious conditions, surgery may be completed at one time to begin the recovery process all at once.

What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used for Hand Surgery 

Again, this depends on the patient’s unique symptoms and the severity of their condition. If a procedure is more major, a general anesthetic might be used whereas if a surgeon is performing on just one, small area, a local anesthetic may be used.

Are There Many Complications Associated With Reconstructive Hand Surgery? 

Luckily, complications from hand surgery are extremely uncommon. When they do occur, they are often minor infections that can be treated with antibiotics and exercises during the recovery process. Some more severe complications can include excessive swelling or bleeding and blood vessel or nerve damage, although such serious conditions result in an extremely minute number of patients.

Is Hand Surgery An Outpatient Or Inpatient Procedure?

Typically, patients are allowed to return home the same day that their hand surgery is performed. This is generally allowed when a patient has a family member or friend to help them for the first few days after their procedure. For those without this option, staying at the surgical center for a few days is typically encouraged.

How Long Does A Typical Recovery Take?

Recovery from hand surgery varies from patient to patient and the various surgery undertaken. While the wounds heal rather quickly, often the rehabilitation is what takes the longest amount of time. Of course, this depends on what surgical procedure you had performed and how large of an area had been affected by your condition.

Do You Still Have More Questions? 

We understand that surgery can be daunting, and we are here to answer any and all of your questions. If you are considering hand surgery or any other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, Contact Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steve Merten at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262 today!