Having the use of our hands for even the simplest tasks, like using a knife and fork or brushing our teeth, is something many of us take for granted. However, for those who have experienced traumatic injury or the crippling effects of degenerative diseases like arthritis, these simple daily tasks can be challenging and bring on severe pain. The surgeons, clinicians and support team in UHN’s Hand Program, an integral component of the Arthritis Program, are helping to give people back the use of their hands, and as a result, their independence.
UHN’s Hand Program includes several internationally renowned physicians in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Toronto Western Hospital. They include:
Overseen by Director Dr. Steven McCabe at Toronto Western Hospital, the Hand Program bases their program on a care model that is highly collaborative. As the only such program in Toronto, and one of two such resources in Ontario, people come from all over the province to receive specialized care at UHN’s Hand Program.
With a vision to become a world-leading centre for arthritis, surgeons, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists work together to be a “one-stop shop” for hand patients. The Hand Program provides care for all hand conditions including: traumatic hand injury, arthritis of the hands such as rheumatoid, and acquired disease such as carpal tunnel syndrome, traumatic arthritis, inflammatory conditions, and work-related hand injuries. Patients receive a range of treatments, from hand therapy and medical management to finger and hand re-attachment in the event of a severe trauma.
The goals for The Hand Program:
Special Clinic Interests
The Hand Program at Toronto Western Hospital is committed to providing exemplary care for patients with all conditions, diseases and trauma affecting the hands. Looking to the future, and through the help of donors like you, we will strive to foster continued excellence in patient care, education and research through the following funding priorities:
Help us support the Arthritis Campaign. For more information please contact: Anette Larsson, CFRE, Director, Campaigns, Arthritis ProgramPhone: 416 603 5800 ext.4059 Fax: 416 603 6224 Email: