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Hand Surgery

UF Health hand surgeons work collaboratively with therapists and patients, all in one location, to ensure optimal mobility and usage of your hand and upper extremity.

UF Health hand surgeon working on a patient
Orthopaedic Surgery (352) 273-7001 Plastic Surgery (352) 265-8402

Hand surgery is a specialized procedure that can have a profound effect on the patient's quality of life and daily activities. Hand pain can be the result of conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, nerve injuries and congenital conditions. Any hand pain, regardless of condition or cause, can impede a person’s day-to-day activities. While hand therapy with a physical therapist or occupational therapist can ease pain, surgery is often required to treat the root issue.

At UF Health, hand surgeons know the full spectrum of congenital and acquired hand disorders and ailments. Our team works in a collaborative effort with doctor, therapist and patient to ensure optimal function. UF Health also offers treatment and therapy in one spot, saving you time as we work to get your hand back to optimal mobility.

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We are proud to care for patients at UF Health Shands Hospital, ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals for orthopaedic surgery by the U.S. News & World Report.

Causes of hand pain and conditions

People of all ages can suffer pain in their hands, with common causes being injury, misuse or repetitive use, as well as genetics. Whatever the issue, diagnosis is essential to preventing further injury or pain and getting hand function back. In most cases surgery, along with a form of post-operative treatment with a hand therapist, can be successful.

Conditions we treat

Nerve conditions

Congenital hand, pediatric hand and hand deformities

Plastic surgery hand treatments

Post-surgery support: hand therapy

How long does it take to recover from hand surgery?

Recovering from hand surgery varies depending on your procedure. Recovery can be a few days, if it is a simple procedure, or a few months for more complicated reconstructive surgery. An important part of recovery is physical or occupational rehabilitation. Our expert hand therapists are trained to provide effective therapy that is individualized to each patient.

UF Health hand therapists are Hand Therapy Certification Commission-trained (HTCC) and certified. Our team works with occupational and physical therapists to make sure patients get the individualized rehabilitation they need.

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Specialized treatments and patient stories

Our trained hand specialists offer a unique procedure known as a toe-to-thumb transfer for patients requiring hand reconstruction. The surgery entails removing tissue from a person’s toe to serve as a functioning thumb, and has a high success rate of 95 to 100 percent.

Learn about this specialized and novel treatment in the video below:

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Our team

Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons provide excellence in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Their state-of-the-art facility is also home to rehabilitation and radiological services. Our hand specialists know accidents will happen, which is why walk-ins are always welcome during business hours.

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