Hand surgery at the University of Ottawa.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – in conjunction with the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery – offers a dedicated and active hand surgery program. Hand surgeons require unique and comprehensive training in the treatment of all different tissues including skin, nerves, vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone. The University of Ottawa boasts a leading hand surgery program that is dedicated to research and the further advancement of surgical techniques to address concerns including congenital conditions, skin problems, trauma and pain. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus is designated as the adult Regional Trauma Center to service upper extremity reconstructive surgery. The Rapid Access Plastic Surgery Clinic has opened three procedure rooms and provides on-site hand therapists to allow for prompt patient-focused care. This represents a paradigm shift in the delivery of care to acutely injured patients. Patients can often be assessed on the day of injury, treated using principles of regional anesthesia and discharged without waiting several days for a consultation.