Hand Surgery seeks to restore the strength, functionality and flexibility of your fingers and your wrist that may have been a result from workplace accident, recreational activity or sporting injuries.
Hand surgery can be emergency or elective depending on your injury sustained however requires highly specialised treatment to correct any tendon, nerve, blood vessel, bone or soft tissue damage.
The most common hand conditions treated by our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr Steve Merten, are:
- Injured hands, including injuries to the tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and joints; fractured bones; and burns, cuts, and other injuries to the skin.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Nerve compression along the pathway from the neck to the fingers usually as a result of repetitive motion or overuse, or injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel. Treatment is aimed at releasing pressure from the carpal tunnel nerve.
- Dupuytrens contracture and other hand contractures: A shortening or thickening of the palms tissue, causing the fingers to claw, impairing hand function. Its cause is unknown. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and removing the diseased tissue such that the fingers can straightened again.
- Ganglions and other hand lumps and tumours: A jelly-like filled lump that appears near a joint or tendon which is usually harmless, and often resolves itself over time. It cause is unknown but may be related to the bodies response to injury. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms where the ganglion is causing severe pain and functional impairment by draining fluid (aspiration) or removing the lump completely.
- Trigger finger, DeQuervains and other tenosynovitis: Inflammation of the tendons of the hand, causing the tendon to become stuck, resulting in flexion impairment. This is usually a result of an underlying inflammatory disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Treatment is aimed at relieving the affected tissue such that the tendon can move freely again.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you might have about this procedure. Our team will be happy to address any concerns that you may have.
Meet your Surgeon
Dr. Justine O’Hara
Meet your Surgeon
Education and Training:
- Attended University of Sydney attaining an MBBS with Honours in 1999, after a Science Degree at University of Queensland.
- Completed 8 years of rigorous training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training under the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons across Sydney and New South Wales tertiary hospitals.
- Was awarded her Fellowship in 2013, training across all aspects of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery.
- Appointed as a Consultant in 2013 at the esteemed Royal North Shore Hospital and Concord Hospitals. She is a member of the governing bodies RACS, ASPS, ASAPS and is active in governance and patient outcomes.
- Travelled to gain super-specialist training in the United Kingdom with Fellowships in:
- Aesthetic Surgery with Mr Barry Jones
- Craniofacial Surgery at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children
- Microsurgery at Cambridge University Hospital
- Burns Surgery at St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery.
- Invited to be a Craniofacial Consultant at the outstanding Great Ormond Street Hospital.