ABOUT HAND SURGERY
From the moment we wake until the moment we return to sleep, nearly every action of our day includes the use of our hands. When an injury and condition affects the function of our hands, our entire lives may be affected. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Derek C. Lou of Lou Plastic Surgery is highly skilled in the treatment of a multitude of common and complex conditions that affect the fingers and hands. Beginning with a consultation at our Houston, TX facility, we can determine a course of action for the treatment of your injured hand to help return function as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing a complication with your hand(s), contact Lou Plastic Surgery today to schedule your visit.
YOUR HAND SURGERY OPTIONS
Dr. Lou performs a wide array of surgeries for various injuries of the hand, including:
- Fractures of the hand and fingers
- Tendon, nerve, and skin lacerations
- Basic management of joints
- Nail/nail bed/fingertip injuries
- Crush injuries
- Management of ganglion cysts and growths
- Nerve compression (eg. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Trigger fingers
- Dupuytren’s and de Quervain’s disease
- Cancer of the hand and arm
An ideal candidate for the treatment of a hand condition is any woman or man with pain in their hands or fingers that affects their functionality and daily activities. After determining the cause and condition of your injury, our team will work to create a customized treatment plan that is tailored to address your specific needs.
The treatment or surgical technique that will be used to treat your condition depends on the type of injury you are experiencing. Should your treatment include surgery, rest assured that Dr. Lou is a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing surgical procedures on the hands of his patients. Depending on the type of procedure that will be performed, you may be treated with local anesthesia or under a heavier form of sedation. Before your procedure is initiated, Dr. Lou or a member of the Lou Plastic Surgery team will ensure you understand what to expect during and after your treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Before your procedure and again afterward, Dr. Lou or a member of the team will make sure you understand how to care for your hand during your recovery. Your post-treatment instructions will be tailored and detailed according to your specific condition and the type of procedure performed to address it. Patients should carefully follow any and all post-treatment instructions to expedite their recovery and ensure the proper healing of their hand.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my hand surgery be covered by insurance?
Hand surgery could be paid in part by your medical insurance, depending on your condition and coverage. Lou Plastic Surgery can help verify your insurance benefits by contacting your provider and assessing your coverage.
How long should I plan to be off from work?
The amount of time that you will need to recovery depends solely on your condition and the procedure utilized to address it. During your pre-procedure appointments, Dr. Lou will help give you an idea of your recovery so you can plan accordingly.
IMPROVE YOUR HAND FUNCTION
If you are experiencing a hand-related condition or pain that makes it difficult to carry out your standard day-to-day activities, allow board-certified surgeon Dr. Derek Lou to help. Pain and discomfort do not have to be a way of life for you. At Lou Plastic Surgery, we strive to help you live a high-quality, pain-free life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.