A leading hand and plastic surgeon offering treatment for all conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture and traumatic injuries, based in Essex.
Mr David Elliot
is Senior Hand Surgeon at St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery in Chelmsford, Essex and Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Southend Hospital NHS Trust. He provides private hand and wrist surgery at the Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend-on-Sea and the Ramsay Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
A leading hand and wrist surgeon in Essex
With over 23 years experience as a consultant hand and plastic surgeon working in the largest hand trauma unit in the UK, Mr Elliot is regarded as a leader in his field. He is a regular contributor to the academic literature, having authored over 100 publications, and is frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences and meetings. Mr Elliot has a special interest in surgery for secondary hand trauma, nerve pain and Dupuytren's contracture and is the holder of an NHS A merit award.
Hand and wrist conditions treated by Mr David Elliot
Mr Elliot is able to offer surgery for all conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve compression syndromes
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Trigger finger
- Trauma and fractures
- Nerve pain
Expert treatment of Dupuytren's contracture in Essex
Dupuytren's contracture is a benign condition that affects the appearance and function of the hand and fingers. Most commonly seen in men of Northern European ancestry over the age of 50, it is caused by the development of nodules in the connective tissue of the palm and hand. Often these nodules do not cause any pain or disfigurement, but the condition can be progressive and over time the nodules can shorten the connective tissue, pulling the fingers down into a permanently bent position.
Mr Elliot is able to offer effective surgical treatment to restore function to the hand in severe cases of Dupuytren's contracture. Performed under general anaesthetic as day case surgery, the operation (palmar fasciectomy) involves the removal of the thickened tissue in the palm of the hand. Usually only the affected tissue need be removed, however if the skin has become involved also, it too is removed and replaced with a graft from another part of the body (dermofasciectomy).
Faciectomy is a more extensive operation than some other treatments offered for Dupuytren's contracture, however the results are longer lasting with the rate of recurrence following dermofasciectomy being as low as 8%.
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