Procedures Expertly trained in
hand and micro surgery
Hand surgery is not usually considered by the general public to be part of plastic surgery. However, plastic surgeons have contributed to hand surgery since its inception, and hand surgery training is an integral part of all plastic surgery training programs in the United States. Nearly half of all hand surgery procedures in the U.S.A. are performed by plastic surgeons.
Dr. Kind completed a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery, and received accreditation from the American Board of Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Kind is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Chang also has extensive experience in Hand and Microsurgery. After finishing his training in plastic surgery which included training in Hand and Microsurgery, he worked at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital taking care of complex hand and extremity trauma.
Hand Surgery problems treated by Dr. Kind and Dr. Chang include many common problems such as fractures and tendon injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s disease, ganglion cysts, arthritis, and tendonitis. In addition, Dr. Kind has extensive experience with the care of complex post-traumatic injuries such as joint replacement and tendon and nerve reconstruction. Dr. Kind helped introduce the two-piece joint for total replacement of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints, and has extensive experience with all types of arthroplasty in the hand and wrist.
Microsurgery is used to help reconstruct defects caused by trauma, cancer or congenital problems all over the body. Dr. Kind and Dr. Chang use microsurgery to transplant tissue from one part of the body to another, or to reconstruct arteries, veins and nerves. In the hand, microsurgery is typically needed to repair the small blood vessels and nerves after trauma. Microsurgery is commonly used to transplant tissues of various types depending on the need. For instance, the fibula bone from the leg can be used to reconstruct bone defects in the jaw or elsewhere; soft tissue (muscle and/or fascia and/or skin) can be used to cover difficult wounds; and skin and fat from the lower abdominal wall can be used to reconstruct a breast.