Dr Justin Perron specialises in the treatment of acute hand injuries or hand trauma, which typically include injuries to the tendons, nerves, joints and blood vessels; fractured bones; burns, lacerations, amputated fingers and other injuries to the skin.
These can be broken down into six general categories, including:
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Fractures and dislocations
- Soft tissue injuries and amputations
- High-pressure injuries
If you have suffered or are suffering from a hand-related injury, then it is important you seek medical attention. The potential for permanent injuries increases greatly when medical attention is delayed.
Injuries to the hand causing the following symptoms generally require emergency medical attention at a hospital’s emergency department:
- Severe bleeding
- Loss of motion or strength
- Severe pain
- Obvious deformity or amputation
- Signs of infection, tenderness, local warmth, redness, swelling, pus or fever
Exposure of underlying structures such as tendons, bones, joints, arteries, veins or nerves
Minor injuries may be adequately treated within the practice, while tendon, nerve, and major skeletal injuries are treated in surgery. Minor injuries are treated under local anaesthetic.
Will I require surgery?
This is dependent on the severity or type of injury you have suffered. The aim of surgery in all cases is to get the quickest and best possible functional results for your specific injury. The options are thoroughly discussed with the patients before surgery.
Postoperatively, the hand and wrist are usually wrapped in a bandage and splint (plaster). Patients are discharged with a sling to elevate their hands and are usually given antibiotics (as specified by Dr Perron). Dressing needs to stay dry and intact for one or two weeks after surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.