Hand Surgery Services

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The surgeons with Norton Louisville Arm & Hand provide care for children and teens after trauma or injury to the hand, arm or wrist. Our surgeons have specialized training in caring for the unique needs of children’s growing arms and hands.

We Provide Complex Hand, Elbow and Wrist Care

Our surgeons treat all types of congenital and acquired hand, wrist and elbow conditions, trauma and injuries. Our surgeons have reattached limbs and, in one recent case, restored use of a young man’s hand by creating a new thumb using one of his toes.

Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Arm Conditions We Treat

Common trauma and injuries we care for include:

  • Amputation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cleft hand, a congenital condition in which a child’s hand is missing a finger or fingers and may have other deformities
  • Clinodactyly, a condition in which a child has an abnormally bent or curved finger
  • Congenital or injury-related deformities
  • Constriction ring syndrome, also called congenital amputation, in which fibrous bands of the amniotic sac (the lining inside the uterus that contains a fetus) become entangled around a fetus’s limb, fingers or toes, creating severe constrictions
  • Enchondromas, noncancerous cartilage tumors in the arms
  • Erb’s palsy, a condition in which an infant’s neck is stretched to one side during delivery, causing temporary or permanent nerve damage
  • Fractures
  • Hand and upper extremity tumors
  • Injuries
  • Macrodactyly, a congenital condition in which a baby’s toes or fingers are abnormally large due to overgrown underlying bone and soft tissue
  • Madelung deformity, an arm condition that results in a misaligned wrist
  • Neuromuscular issues with the hands or arms, including cerebral palsy
  • Symbrachydactyly, a rare congenital condition in which the fingers are abnormally short and webbed or conjoined
  • Syndactyly, a condition in which the fingers or toes are webbed or joined at birth
  • Tendon, nerve and vascular injuries
  • Thumb duplication (pre-axial polydactyly), a congenital condition in which two thumbs are on the same hand
  • Trigger thumb, a condition in which the thumb is stuck in a bent position
  • Ulnar longitudinal deficiency (sometimes called ulnar club hand), a condition in which the child’s wrist is in a fixed and bent position toward the side of the hand
  • Vascular malformation, noncancerous lesions present at birth

The Norton Children’s Difference

The care your child needs is close to home at Norton Children’s. With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:

  • Norton Children’s Hospital – The region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Norton Children’s Hospital also has one of the largest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care units in the country.
  • Numerous regional outpatient centers and extensive pediatrician and pediatric specialist offices throughout the area.
  • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital – The only women’s hospital in Louisville, providing care dedicated to the needs of women and children.
  • Norton Children’s Medical Center – A unique regional outpatient facility designed “Just for Kids,” bringing pediatric care to northeastern Jefferson County and the surrounding area.

Norton Children’s Offers Specialized Programs and Services, Including:

  • Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital is home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery through Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, including a Level 4 epilepsy center
  • Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • Wendy Novak Diabetes Center

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