Jefferson University Hospitals

Hand Problems and Pain

If you have been diagnosed with any hand problem including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cysts or pain, turn to the hand experts of The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center, named a Top Hospital for Hands by Philadelphia magazine, our physicians provide specialized diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for injuries and conditions relating to the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulders.

We are the first facility in the country to integrate the specialties of hand and arm surgeries with associated rehabilitative therapies. Our interests include but are not limited to:

  • Hand and wrist arthroscopy
  • Upper extremity surgery
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Hand arthritis surgery
  • Brachial plexus reconstruction
  • Treatment of fractures and dislocations of the hand and wrist
  • Treatment of carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes
  • Treatment of Dupuytren's disease

A Unique Surgical Approach

The delicate and complex structure of the hand requires a unique surgical approach. The range of hand surgeries we provide are for congenital deficiencies such as syndactyly (webbed fingers) and for trauma, including reimplantation, the restoration of severed fingers and even whole hands as well as toe-to-hand transplantation.

Fractures are among the most common hand and wrist injuries and range from the straightforward sports-related injuries to the complex, as is seen in a motor vehicle accident where many bones are fractured throughout the body. Orthopedic surgeons of our Center have long been recognized as among the pioneers in arthroscopy, which can help return patients to normal activities in a fraction of the time once needed for healing.

It's been said that hand surgery is surgery in miniature. Much of what we do is only possible under an operating microscope or with magnification. Surgical instruments and sutures must also be miniaturized. Since the space our surgeons work in is so small and the time it takes to complete a surgical procedure is often measured in many hours, it takes endurance to get to the end successfully.

Several orthopedic surgeons will work as a team on a complex trauma case, a concentration of expertise that is simply not available in smaller hospitals.