Beacon Hospital’s Hand Surgeons work closely with our specialist Hand Therapists to strive for the best possible recovery outcomes for all of our patient’s post-surgery.
Hand Surgery is a broad term used to cover an abundance of different types of procedures performed on the hand. This can include procedures carried out to correct injury post-trauma as well as surgery to restore function and that to improve the appearance of the hand ensuring it looks as ‘normal’ as possible.
Hand surgery can be carried out by specialist Orthopaedic Surgeons who specialise in the Hand. It can also be carried out by a Plastic Surgeon.
Diagnosis and Procedures
Beacon Hospital has access to Ireland’s most technologically advanced Radiology Department. Our Consultants can arrange swift access for any diagnostic scanning required in order to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
All surgeries take place in our newly refurbished state-of-the-art theatres. Each of these is equipped with the latest in technology and staffed by the most qualified of professionals.
Some of the procedures commonly carried out by our hand specialists include:
This procedure is to release fingers which are pulled into a bent position due to the condition.
Over time, Dupuytren’s Contracture causes a layer of tissue under the skin of your palm to develop into a thick cord which pulls the fingers into an eventual bent position.
This minimally invasive procedure releases this cord allowing the patient to straighten and have full use of their hand once again.
A ganglion is a small sac, or cyst, filled with a clear thick jelly like substance. These can cause pain or numbness and sometimes make it difficult to use your hand. They often look like a bump on the hand or the wrist.
Post Trauma Surgeries
Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon regularly performs surgeries to correct trauma to the hand. These surgeries include the insertion of wires and pins as well as the repair of tendons and ligaments damaged through injury.
Specialist Hand Therapist
Olga Hill, Senior Hand Therapist
Olga Hill graduated from University of Ulster, Jordanstown in 2002 with a first class honours degree in occupational therapy. Olga also holds a National Certificate in Applied Physiology and Health Science, which she completed in 1998. Olga then worked in The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, for three years. Here she gained experience in orthopaedic outpatients and inpatients, stroke, chronic pain, age–related healthcare and neurology.
She then moved to St. James’s Hospital, Dublin in 2005 where she was senior occupational therapist for 6 years in burns and plastic reconstructive surgery. Here she has devised specialised skills in upper limb assessment, treatment and the fabrication of custom made static, static progressive, serial and dynamic splints to suit any upper limb diagnosis.
Olga now assesses and treats upper limb injuries within an orthopaedic setting. In 2012 she successfully passed her certified hand therapy exam. This is a comprehensive test of advanced knowledge related to the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. This certification supports her competence to practice hand therapy.
Olga works on a sessional basis at Beacon Hospital specialising in the treatment and rehabilitation of elective or trauma upper limb injuries/surgeries. She has made a lifelong commitment to hand therapy and is an active member of the Irish Association of Hand Therapists, the Association of Occupational Therapy Ireland and the British Association of Hand Therapists.