We use our hands in so many of our daily activities that even the slightest pain or injury can hinder our quality of life and complicate our regular routines.
The hand consists of skin, bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and tendons, and the interaction between these elements is delicate and complex.
Hand surgeons receive specific and extensive medical training in the diagnosis and treatment of all hand disorders including:
- Injuries and abnormalities
- Arthritis and arthritis-related deformities including joint replacements
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome, and anything causing numbness/tingling of the hands
- Cyst and skin cancer removals
- Joint replacements
- Nerve, tendon and artery repairs
- Masses and tumors of the hand and wrist including ganglion cysts and skin cancers
- Nerve or tendon injuries involving the hand, wrist, forearm, or elbow, including tennis elbow and trigger fingers
- Pediatric and adult congenital/genetic hand conditions including extra fingers and Dupuytren’s Disease
- Forearm injuries
- Sports-related injuries to the hand and wrist
- Industrial accidents and work-related hand problems/injuries
- Non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture
The offices offer a versatile series of surgical and non-surgical options for the treatment of hand pain, including the wrist, elbow and forearm.
Arthritis is one of the most common conditions they treat, and most sufferers are surprised to learn that there are a host of non-surgical treatments available to them that can restore function and alleviate discomfort. These treatments include exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, heat or cold modalities and cortisone injections. In fact, many conditions treated by a surgeon can be managed or corrected through non-surgical means such as splints, medications, injections, and various physical therapy techniques.
When surgery does become an option, they utilize the latest technologies to minimize the invasive nature of the procedure.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that occurs when the median nerve near the wrist is pinched, is another common disorder. This condition that carries similar symptoms to other disorders, like tendonitis or arthritis; therefore, it is crucial that the patient not ignore any tingling or numbness in their hands, and seek out a proper diagnosis, because the damage to the median nerve can become permanent without proper care at an early stage.
In addition to the above mentioned disorders, our surgeons work collaboratively with Watson Clinic’s team of orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers, certified hand therapists and physical therapists, to treat a variety of sports injuries as well.
Hand Surgery Physicians:
Rachel Lefebvre, MD
- Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, MD
- Internship & Residency: George Washington University, Washington, DC, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellowship: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Hand Surgery
- Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Ann L. Licht, MD, FACS
Dr. Licht's Brochure
- Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, MD
- General Surgery, Residency & Chief Resident: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
- Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
- Board-certified: General Surgery and Hand Surgery
- Fellow: American College of Surgeons
- Member: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Medical Association
Please call 863-680-7214 for additional information.