Dr. Van Winkle has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Hand Surgery, Dr. Van Winkle has been trained to care for injuries and complications of the hand, wrist and forearm through surgical or non-surgical treatments. Dr. Van Winkle is specifically trained to diagnose each patient and determine whether or not surgery is necessary – surgery is usually seen as a last resort when other treatment methods have been exhausted.
Modern hand surgery came to fruition as a specialized field of medicine after veterans returned from World War II with a host of hand complications and injuries that often went without the necessary treatment, leaving them permanently disabled. Since then, hand surgery has evolved and is able to treat, repair and rehabilitate nearly all types of injuries to the hand, forearm and wrist that would have otherwise left the patient severely disabled.
Hand surgery encompasses the treatment of injuries and diseases that cause pain or reduced function in and around the hand. The goal of hand surgeons is to restore functionality to as near optimum levels as possible, decrease pain associated with injuries, diseases or congenital defects, and help to provide the patient the highest quality of life as possible.
Hand surgery can be utilized to treat and correct a variety of injuries and diseases including fractured bones, torn tendons and ligaments, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture, congenital defects, carpometacarpal bossing and a variety of other diseases and injuries. Because hand surgery is a highly individualized surgical procedure, each patient’s condition will be evaluated in light of the surrounding circumstances to determine if, and which, surgery is necessary.
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Having studied Plastic Surgery, Dr. Van Winkle has been trained to perform a variety of surgeries that can restore or correct the form and function of the human body, either cosmetic or reconstructive. Dr. Van Winkle is able to correct abnormalities of the body that may be causing adverse health effects, or perform surgeries to correct malformations caused by birth defects, trauma, tumors or disease.
Plastic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the surgical repair or reconstruction of malformations or injuries to the body. Within plastic surgery there are two main subspecialties, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. The goal of cosmetic surgery (often referred to as elective plastic surgery) is improve the aesthetics and appearance of body parts, while reconstructive surgery is focused more on the repair and reconstruction of malfunctioning body parts. Plastic surgeons may perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, or they may specialize in one area or the other.
Most reconstructive plastic surgery is due to either traumatic injuries or congenital (present at birth) defects. Common operations performed within reconstructive plastic surgery include scar revision, hand surgery, breast reduction or reconstruction (sometimes listed as a cosmetic operation), cleft palate and lip surgeries and surgeries to remove skin cancer, among other operations.
Cosmetic surgery, or elective plastic surgery, is performed when a patient is unhappy with their body and wishes to alter their appearance through a variety of surgical procedures. Common operations within cosmetic surgery include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), forehead and face lifts, ear pinning surgery (otoplasty), rhinoplasty (nose surgery), skin resurfacing, breast augmentation, chin augmentation, liposuction, mole removal, and “tummy-tucks” (abdominoplasty), among others.
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