Hand Surgery

Randwick Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a dedicated Hand Injury Service

There are many causes of hand injury including lacerations, crush injury, burns, fractures, tendon injuries, and other traumatic events. The potential for devastating injuries increases greatly when medical attention is delayed.

The Hand Injury Service organises the required care for all workplace hand injuries, sports and contact incidents, to expedite the best possible expert trauma care.

We liaise with you, the hospital, the insurer and your local Sydney hand specialist surgeon as soon as possible after injury.

Our Specialist Sydney Hand Surgeons Dr Sean Nicklin and Dr Sarah Toleton provide expertise, care and complete support from the moment we receive a call following an injury.

Dr Sean Nicklin and Dr Sarah Toleton at Randwick Plastic Surgery are able to treat the following hand and wrist conditions:

The human hand is an extremely complex structure, and the management of hand and wrist conditions requires the precision and skill of a highly trained specialist hand reconstructive plastic surgeon.

Both Dr Sean Nicklin and Dr Sarah Tolerton are members of the Australian Hand Society (AHSS).

Membership to the society is only awarded to specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, including 5 years of specialist postgraduate training (FRACS) and an additional 2 years post- fellowship in the field of hand surgery. This means that Randwick Plastic Surgery patients are reassured that they are being treated by a Specialist Hand Surgeon.

Find out more about the highly experienced and caring team of Sydney plastic surgeon specialists at RPS.

Hand Injuries

There are many causes of hand injury including lacerations, crush injury, burns, fractures, nerve damage, and other traumatic events. The potential for devastating injuries increases greatly when medical attention is delayed.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with pain, tingling, numbness, and general weakness in your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome can vary in intensity. There are surgical and non – surgical treatment options that the team at Randwick Plastic Surgery will explain to you in detail.

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Dupuytren’s Disease

Strong fibrous tissue in the palms of our hands gives stability to the skin and the ability to grip and hold objects firmly. Dupuytren’s disease can cause this fibrous tissue to become lumpy (nodules) or to form strong cords that bend one or more joints of the fingers towards the palm.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a common condition that causes pain and/or locking of the affected finger. The affected finger is usually able to be bent into a fist with the other fingers, but when the hand is straightened the affected finger straightens with a “click’ or visible give, or it stays bent. Triggering of the thumb (trigger thumb) can also occur.

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Trigger Thumb

A trigger thumb is a condition that occurs in babies and young children. The thumb develops into a bent shape and stays in that position. You may be able to feel a lump at the bottom of the thumb on the palm side. You may also notice a pop or a click when you straighten your child’s thumb.

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Ganglion cysts – Wrist & Hand

Ganglion cysts are lumps that most often appear along the tendons or joints of wrists or hands. Ganglion cysts generally appear as a mass measuring from 1 to 3 centimetres in diameter. The swelling is usually soft and immobile. It may develop suddenly or gradually over time, vary in size, or even disappear or reappear. Ganglion cyst may or may not be painful. If painful, the pain may be continuous and may worsen with the movement of the joint. If the cyst is attached to a tendon, you may experience weakness in the affected area.

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De Quervain’s Tendonitis

De Quervain’s Tendonitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. This may cause you to lose the ability to move your thumb and wrist normally. De Quervain’s tendinosis can be caused by overuse, repetitive grasping, or inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Dr Sean Nicklin and the team at Randwick Plastic Surgery are passionate about hand surgery and have made it a focus of the practice. Offering the latest treatments and techniques, the team are qualified to address a wide range of hand conditions and injuries.

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