Plastic Surgery

Hand Surgery

Reconstructive hand surgery is a procedure that restores function and appearance to the hand following injury, disease or deformity. Whether a complex reconstruction or a relatively minor repair is needed, Penn's plastic surgeons offer unmatched experience and outstanding care.

Our surgeons have had additional fellowship training to prepare them to deal with the intricate bone and soft tissue structures of the hand, wrist and forearm, a skill required for a successful surgical outcome.

Hand surgery is indicated for many conditions, including:

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Fractures
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Infection
  • Nerve and tendon damage
  • Neuropathies (i.e. Carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Reattachment after amputation
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Tumors (i.e. benign masses, cancers, vascular malformations)

A hand injury or condition is as unique as a set of fingerprints. It is important to discuss with your surgeon and their team of Penn Medicine specialists the kind of outcome you can realistically expect based on your particular circumstances. Treatment options may vary, depending on the patient's symptoms and other circumstances, and can include no intervention, activity modification, splinting or casting, medications, hand therapy, injections or surgical procedures. At times, several surgeries may be required to give you the best possible results.


Every type of surgery has risks. You can help reduce complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions. Our plastic surgeons will review all the potential risks and side effects with you.


Hand surgery recovery depends greatly on the type of surgery performed and the unique circumstances involved. Your hand may need to be immobilized for some time after the operation. Pain medications may be given to help alleviate the discomfort. Some patients also require hand therapy to help regain function.

Pioneering Hand Transplants at the Penn Transplant Institute

In 2011, Penn Medicine joined a select group of U.S. medical centers to establish a multidisciplinary Hand Transplant Program. The Penn Hand Transplant program was designed to help double-arm or double-hand amputee patients regain mobility and independence.

A hand transplant is an incredibly delicate procedure involving skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels. Thus, the program is a joint venture of the Penn Transplant Institute, Penn Orthopaedics and Penn Plastic Surgery.

Next Steps

To schedule a consultation call 800-789-7366 or request an appointment online.