Dr. Hausman has been trained in two medical specialties.
Modern hand surgery came to fruition as a specialized field of medicine after veterans returned from World War II with a host of hand complications and injuries that often went without the necessary treatment, leaving them permanently disabled. Since then, hand surgery has evolved and is able to treat, repair and rehabilitate nearly all types of injuries to the hand, forearm and wrist that would have otherwise left the patient severely disabled.
Hand surgery encompasses the treatment of injuries and diseases that cause pain or reduced function in and around the hand. The goal of hand surgeons is to restore functionality to as near optimum levels as possible, decrease pain associated with injuries, diseases or congenital defects, and help to provide the patient the highest quality of life as possible.
Hand surgery can be utilized to treat and correct a variety of injuries and diseases including fractured bones, torn tendons and ligaments, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture, congenital defects, carpometacarpal bossing and a variety of other diseases and injuries. Because hand surgery is a highly individualized surgical procedure, each patient’s condition will be evaluated in light of the surrounding circumstances to determine if, and which, surgery is necessary.
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Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.
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