Hand Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Close up of a man zipping his jacket.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We have one of the most comprehensive programs in the region for diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of both simple and complex hand conditions.
  • Our specialists in orthopaedics and plastic surgery use the most specialized techniques for diagnosis and treatment.
  • We address problems developed in the workplace, including pain and injury related to repetitive tasks.

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 and associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine. 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.