Treatments provided by David Elliot

David Elliot provides a variety of modern procedures to treat conditions of the hand and wrist.

Conditions treated by Mr David Elliot

Mr Elliot offers plastic and reconstructive surgery for hand and skin conditions including:

  • Hand trauma, including damage to the tendons, bones, blood vessels and nerves
  • Nerve pain secondary to hand trauma
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand
  • Nerve compression syndromes including Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma)
  • Melanoma skin cancer
  • Ganglion

Treatments, operations and tests

Contracture release or operation involves removal of enough of the abnormal tissue to allow you to straighten your finger or fingers and will allow you to use your hand more normally.If you have a band of thickened fascia in your palm, but you can still straighten your fingers fully, you do not need an operation. Surgery is not necessary if you can lay your hand completely flat on a table. Not all fascial bands go on to need surgery.
A ganglion is more commonly known as a benign cyst. The cysts (ganglions) may develop around tendons or joints, and often occur in the hand or wrist. This operation to remove the ganglions can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, usually as a day case procedure.
Moles, or nevi, are frequently removed for a variety of reasons. They can be removed by two surgical methods: Excision (cutting), with or without stitches Excision with cauterization (a tool is used to burn away the mole) Although laser excision has been tried for moles, it is not usually the method of choice for most deep moles because the laser light doesn't penetrate deeply enough. Typically, the doctor or dermatologist (a skin specialist) may choose excision with or without stitches, depending on the depth of the mole and the type of cosmetic outcome desired.
Mole screening has become a very important part of health screening. While the majority of moles are completely benign (harmless), the screening process aims to screen out the benign lesions and provide early diagnosis of suspect or potentially cancerous moles or melanomas. Early detection of malignant melanomas is vital for recover. A number of methods to screen moles are in use, such as dermoscopy or a SIAscopy.
The tendon that bends your finger has a bump in it. When you bend your finger fully, the bumpy part of your tendon comes out of its sheath at the base of your finger. When you try to straighten your finger the bump catches on the tendon sheath, stopping the tendon from sliding smoothly back.We aim to release your tendon so that you can straighten your finger easily. We cannot remove the bump from your tendon so instead we cut open the entrance to the tendon sheath. This gives your tendon more room to move back and forth. If your symptoms are mild, we can try an injection of steroid around your tendon.