|Using advanced techniques, expert surgeons at St. Mary Medical Center
now are able to perform delicate micro-vascular surgery to repair a
damaged hand and restore feeling – achieving amazing results with one
small incision. In the past, reconnecting two parts of a nerve
required two difficult procedures. Surgeons had to remove a nerve
from another part of the body, leaving that area without feeling, and then
use it to repair the hand.
Now, using a sophisticated microscope, St. Mary experts can work
between small structures in the hand to fix nerves, and blood vessels,
while avoiding injuries to healthy structures. To reconnect a
damaged nerve, surgeons insert a tiny tubular graft that bridges the gap
in the nerve allowing the nerve to grow back together. The sense of
touch is then restored through one minimally invasive procedure that
leaves just one small incision.
Compared to older techniques for nerve repair, this procedure allows
for a more rapid recovery and better function, and eliminates the need for
a second procedure. Micro-vascular hand surgery also simplifies
nerve repairs in locations that can be difficult to reach.