General Information – Reconstructive Hand Surgery

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body. There can be a wide variety of causes for this such as birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumours, or disease. It is generally performed not just to improve appearance but often, more importantly, to improve function.

The most common reconstructive procedures performed by Dr Kumar are usually related to skin lesions, especially skin cancers. Depending on the size of the cancer and therefore the amount of tissue that has to be removed, your reconstruction may vary from simple suturing to skin grafts to more complex procedures that require mobilisation of adjacent tissue in the form of a local flap. Occasionally, more complex procedures may be required. Dr Kumar has trained extensively in the management and treatment of skin cancers. While the first priority is always to remove the cancer and prevent recurrence, Dr Kumar will also endeavour to give you an aesthetically pleasing result without compromising function.

Pathology affecting the hand, both traumatic and non-traumatic, also form a large part of Dr Kumar’s reconstructive surgery practice.

For the vast majority of patients, a referral is required from your General Practitioner or other specialist to see Dr Kumar for reconstructive surgery. This will also entitle you to a medicare rebate for your consultation. The majority of skin-related conditions and some-hand related conditions can be managed in our rooms in Leichhardt. We have a dedicated minor procedures theatre that allows for rapid diagnosis and treatment thus giving you peace of mind as soon as possible.