Around 8% of emergency room visits are due to lacerations — severe cuts that require stitches. While excessive bleeding is a primary concern, lacerations to your hands, wrists, and arms have an increased risk for nerve and tendon damage. The specialists at Central Jersey Hand Surgery, with offices in Freehold, Eatontown, and Toms River, New Jersey, provide expert procedures to repair skin, muscle, tendon, and nerve lacerations. Call Central Jersey Hand Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.
Your hands and wrists consist of a complex group of bones, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves in a small area, with little extra space. The blood vessels and nerves are closer to the surface than almost anywhere else in your body. As a result, if you sustain a severe cut, you have an increased risk of damaging a vital part of your extremity.
If you have a laceration on your hand, wrist, or arm, a specialist hand surgeon can examine the damage and perform the delicate surgical procedures needed to close your cut and repair the tissues in your upper extremity. Additionally, the team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery can perform surgery to repair nerve or tendon damage that was not addressed during initial emergency care.
For example, imagine that you cut your hand open on a piece of glass and are bleeding profusely. You go to the emergency room, and the dedicated doctors on duty close your wound to stop your bleeding and provide medication to prevent infection. Your hand is sore and bandaged, but as your swelling subsides, you find that you can’t move a couple of your fingers as you could before your accident.
The team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery can examine your hand and determine if you need physical therapy or if there’s nerve or tendon damage that needs repairing.
If you have nerve or tendon damage due to a laceration, the primary symptoms include:
If you have any of these symptoms following a laceration to your hand, wrist, or arm, contact Central Jersey Hand Surgery for assessment. They are the microsurgery experts.
The team of specialists at Central Jersey Hand Surgery provides thorough exams to determine if they can repair nerve or tendon damage caused by a laceration. For example, in many cases when a nerve or tendon is cut, surgery is the best method of reattaching the severed ends. Then with time and physical therapy, your nerve or tendon heals and you rebuild your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
If you’re concerned about lasting damage from a laceration, call Central Jersey Hand Surgery or make an appointment online today.