Reconstruction of the Burned Hand

Author(s): Kreymerman PA, Andres LA, Lucas HD, Silverman AL, Smith AA

Source: Plast Reconstr Surg 127(2):752-9, 2011.

The authors present an excellent review on the acute and reconstructive care of the burned hand. Initial management of the burned patient is reviewed with the majority of the paper focusing on reconstruction after initial healing of hypertrophic scars, scar contractures, claw deformities, web space deformities, and reconstruction after digital loss.  While severely burned hands are more frequently encountered in developing countries involving children and adults around cooking fires, in developed countries they are still encountered and may be concentrated at burn referral centers where hand surgeons are frequently required to help restore form and function.