One of the most important plastic reconstructive surgery procedures available is reconstructive hand surgery. Because of the importance of the hands in day to day living, this is one procedure that should be availed by anyone with a hand defect or injury, because not only does reconstructive hand surgery improve the appearance of the hand, but its primary function is that of restoring the hand’s functionality, allowing the patient to live a nearly perfectly normal life. Depending on the repair needed, there are many types of hand reconstructive surgery procedures available.
Tendon repair is one of the most common hand reconstruction surgeries. It involves reconnecting severed tendons, usually torn through injuries to the hand, to restore the movement and function of the hand. Webbed fingers, an example of birth defect corrective surgery, is also another example. Depending on the birth defect, the surgeon will employ other surgical procedures that are used in many other reconstructive surgeries, like a Z-plasty to provide bending and flexing to areas of the hand that are not able to due to the birth defect.
Carpal tunnel hand surgery is done for people who suffer carpal tunnel syndrome, which prevents further movement of the wrist and hand due to nerve and tendon inflammation. The surgical procedure involves creating an incision from the palm to the wrist, releasing the pressure on the carpal tunnel. Another is trigger finger surgery, used when a condition known as the trigger finger, causes one of the fingers to become locked in a bent, “shooting” position, caused by inflammation of the tendons. Surgery is done if normal methods of treating the condition, like rest or finger exercises, do not work, and done so by creating small incisions in the palm to release the finger’s pulley system.
Ganglion cyst removal is the process of draining, extracting, or treating what’s known as ganglion cysts, benign lumps that are usually found in the wrist and preventing movement that causes pain. Many other conditions of the hand can be treated through hand reconstructive surgery Insurance coverage Many insurance companies cover reconstructive surgery, but certain conditions must be met.
Most important for many insurance companies is to know that the plastic reconstructive surgery is deemed medically necessary. Insurance companies will look at the reason why the procedure is performed. Is it to restore functionality? Or to alleviate pain? Or for cosmetic improvement? Generally, procedures will only covered if it is medically needed. For example, breast reconstruction after a masectomy due to breast cancer, or hand reattachment surgery after an accident. Insurance coverage and levels of coverage vary from procedure to procedure, depending on the size and severity of the procedure that needs to be done. It is important to understand what is included in an insurance policy before the patient advances too far in planning for plastic reconstructive surgery. Usually, there are three cost sharing options.
A deductible, which is the total amount covered that must be paid by the patient first before the insurance company pays benefits. A flat rate copayment which is a defined share of cost that the patient pays, with the company paying an amount based on the patient’s policy.
The third is a percentage based copayment, which is a percentage share of costs that the patient pays, with the insurance company paying an amount based on the patient’s policy. Patients should remember to bring their insurance cards when they visit our plastic surgeon’s office for the first time. This help our staff help you in assessing if the surgery needed is indeed covered by the insurance plan.