Hand Surgery Specialist

Darrell L. Henderson, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Associates

Darrell L. Henderson, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Lafayette, LA

With modern advancements in minimally invasive hand and wrist surgery, you can get the repairs you need for injuries and chronic conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. As a highly skilled hand and wrist surgeon, Darrell Henderson, MD, of Plastic Surgery Associates offers comprehensive surgical care for the most complex hand and wrist conditions. Learn more about hand and wrist surgery solutions offered at this Lafayette, Louisiana-based practice by scheduling a consultation. Book online or over the phone.

Hand Surgery Q & A

Why do I need hand or wrist surgery?

Your hands are your lifeline to everything you do; from eating, to working, to caring for your children, and everything in between. Imagine what life would be like if you had a serious injury or chronic condition that affected your ability to use your hands or led to severe wrist discomfort. You might need hand or wrist surgery if you have:

  • Trauma or injuries, including workers’ compensation injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hand infections, tumors, or cancer
  • Arthritis, tendon injuries, or fractures
  • Trigger finger or tendonitis

Sometimes, hand or wrist surgery is essential for cosmetic purposes. For instance, if you had a severe burn, you could need a skin grafting surgery to repair the affected tissues.

When should I see a doctor for a hand or wrist injury?

Ideally, you’d visit Dr. Henderson at Plastic Surgery Associates at the first sign of pain or inflammation, or as soon as an injury occurs, just so that he can intervene and prevent future damage. It’s particularly important to schedule an evaluation if you experience:

  • Numbing or tingling
  • Difficulty grasping objects
  • Increasing pain
  • Redness, swelling, or inflammation

As a top-rated, board-certified surgeon and hand and wrist expert, Dr. Henderson can often diagnose your condition on the spot and let you know if you might need surgery.

What is the recovery like after hand or wrist surgery?

Dr. Henderson spends time with you before your hand or wrist surgery, so you know exactly how to prepare for your specific procedure. Because most surgeries are performed arthroscopically using small instruments that require minuscule incisions, you can expect a fast recovery. As with most surgeries, you’re going to need to let your treated hand rest for at least 24-72 hours, or as recommended.

Dr. Henderson schedules you for a follow-up visit about a week or two after your surgery, just to monitor your progress and remove sutures, if you didn’t have dissolvable stitches. During this time, he also sets you up with physical therapy (if needed), to help strengthen muscles and improve your coordination.

Depending on the severity of your injury and complexity of your surgery, you can expect to have a full recovery in as little as four to eight weeks. It might take a bit longer for more complex issues, such as severe fractures.

Book your hand or wrist surgery evaluation at Plastic Surgery Associates today. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.