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Hand Surgery Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

When you face hand surgery, you need a surgeon with the expertise to rebuild complex structures, reconnect nerves and blood vessels, and restore optimal hand function. That's the level of care you receive from Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Shah has advanced fellowship training in hand and microsurgery. The team repairs the full range of injuries and conditions affecting your hands, with specialization in treating traumatic injuries. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Hand Surgery Q & A

What conditions need hand surgery? 

For most hand conditions, surgery is the last resort. However, many hand problems could end up needing surgery, depending on the severity of your injury and how it heals. 

Surgery is often the best option for injuries involving torn tendons or ligaments, broken bones, and pinched nerves. These conditions need surgery to properly repair the tissues, reset bones, and ensure proper healing. 

A few examples of the conditions most likely to need hand surgery include: 

  • Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sports injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Trigger finger
  • Nerve and tendon lacerations
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Congenital deformities
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Overuse injuries
  • Fractures of the hand and wrist


You may also need surgical intervention when a hand injury develops an infection. 

What type of hand surgery might I need? 

The specialists at Valley Orthopedic Institute have exceptional training and experience in every type of hand surgery, including the most complex cases requiring precise microsurgery to reattach damaged nerves and blood vessels. 

The following hand procedures offer a few examples of the most common types of surgery: 

Open and closed reduction and fixation

This surgical technique realigns and stabilizes broken bones with (open) or without (closed) using an incision. 

Tendon and nerve repair

Hand injuries that damage tendons and nerves interfere with your ability to move your fingers and use your hand. As a result, Valley Orthopedic Institute performs microsurgery to reconnect these vital structures, preserve dexterity, and restore function. 

Drainage and debridement

If you have a deep wound, an open fracture, or an infection, you need surgery to clean the wound and eliminate all of the damaged or infected tissues. 

Carpal tunnel release

This type of surgery prevents permanent nerve damage and relieves your symptoms by enlarging the carpal tunnel in your wrist. 

Joint replacement

When advanced arthritis or a severe traumatic injury causes ongoing pain and limited movement, you may need a joint replacement. 

What should I expect during hand surgery? 

Whenever possible, the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute performs minimally invasive hand surgery. During this type of surgery, they make small incisions and use specialized tools to see inside your hand and repair the tissues. 

One technique, arthroscopic surgery, uses a scope that contains a video camera. The camera sends magnified images to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to examine the structures. Then they complete your surgery by inserting specialized tools through another small incision. 

If you have questions about hand surgery or need help with hand problems, call Valley Orthopedic Institute or book an appointment online today.