Surgery of the Hand as a specialty evolved primarily in the United States in the 20th century. The threat of infection before the development of antibiotics inhibited concentration on reconstruction and repair of hand problems. During World War I several American general surgeons became interested in problems of the hand while stationed with the Army Medical Corps in France. During World War II, many survivors with significant upper extremity defects and disabilities began to arrive back in the States.
The hand surgeon who spearheaded the effort to organize specialized facilities to treat the returning solders realized the necessity for inclusion of the developing specialties of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Neurological Surgery in this effort and brought together surgeons of these disciplines in 9 separate General Hospitals scattered around the country.
Surgeons staffing these hospitals saw the need for ongoing education, training and fellowship as the war effort wound down. These surgeons founded the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 1971 a second society was formed by well-qualified hand surgeons . Both organizations have continued to grow with a combined membership of more than 3000 hand surgeons and over 400 hand therapists seeking to enhance education in hand surgery.
At about this time in Chattanooga Dr. Cauley Hayes, a practicing plastic surgeon with a keen interest in surgery of the hand, recognized that there was an increasing number of hand patients being seen in the offices of The Plastic Surgery Group, P.C. Dr. Hayes felt that these hand patients would be best managed in a hand center dedicated to the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hands.
Over the next 30 years, the Hayes Hand Center developed into a multi-specialty center staffed with physicians specially trained in the practice of hand surgery. A hand rehabilitation center was developed and staffed with certified hand therapists who are immediately available for consultation and treatment of the hand patients. Hayes Hand Center now serves Chattanooga and the surrounding areas of southeast Tennessee, western North Carolina, north Georgia and northeast Alabama. Contact our experienced hand surgeons for a hand surgery consultation.
Hayes Hand Center Disclaimer: Hayes Hand Center offers hand surgery, arm surgery, and wrist surgery to patients in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area.
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