Many essential tasks call for use of your hands—signing a check, zipping your coat, managing a fork or spoon. An injury or condition that affects one or both of your hands can turn these routine tasks into big challenges. Fortunately, doctors have come a long way in their approaches to treating such conditions and in their ability to improve patients’ lives.
“For hand surgeons, it’s about function,” says Carrie Swigart, MD, a Yale Medicine hand surgeon. Yale Medicine surgeons have extensive expertise treating challenging conditions that impair peoples’ ability to use their hands. Specialized surgical procedures can often bring about a dramatic improvement.