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Hand & Nerve Surgery

Dr. Chaudhry with patientConnecticut Children’s Division of Orthopedics Hand & Nerve Surgery Program is led by Sonia Chaudhry, MD, FAAOS, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with board certification in both orthopedic surgery and hand surgery.

Dr. Chaudhry is an expert in congenital hand differences and upper extremity injuries, with extensive national and international microsurgical training. This includes peripheral nerve surgery ranging from brachial plexus reconstruction in infants to nerve repair and nerve transfers in young adults.

Connecticut Children’s treats a wide array of hand and nerve conditions, including:

  • Fractures of the fingers, hand, wrist and elbow
  • Contractures of tendons and joints
  • Repair of nerves and lacerations
  • Trigger fingers
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Congenital hand differences, including hypoplastic thumbs, finger deformities, duplicated digits and syndactyly
  • Brachial plexus birth palsy
  • Peripheral nerve tension and compression
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple hereditary exostosis
  • Traumatic growth arrest

Why Connecticut Children’s

  • Wide awake, local-only surgeries
  • Peripheral nerve surgery: Brachial plexus exploration, carpal tunnel release, digital nerve repair, peroneal nerve decompression, nerve transfers
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Multi-level deformity correction: Cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke
  • Hand tumors excision and reconstruction: Ganglion cysts, benign masses, enchondromas, osteochondromas
  • Corrective osteotomies: Post-traumatic, syndromic, contracture and tumor syndromes
  • Soft tissue procedures: Tendon transfers, digit separation, skin grafting
  • Pollicization
  • Management of congenital hand differences

Patient Information

Our Hand & Nerve Team

Our team is led by Sonia Chaudhry, MD, FAAOS, a dual pediatric- and hand-trained orthopedic surgeon, and athletic trainer Kara Mather, MS, ATC, who provides same-day instruction in home exercises to help improve motion and strength. This training may supplement formal therapy, for which Connecticut Children’s also provides on-site physical and occupational therapists close to home at convenient satellite locations. Cast and radiology technicians are also on site at each location.

A monthly combined clinic with neurosurgeon Jonathan Martin, MD, FAANS, helps streamline care for brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve conditions. The Center for Motion Analysis, with its team of engineers, therapists, and orthopedic surgeons, offers video and biomechanical evaluation of the upper extremity, including for hand and arm spasticity, to help with surgical decision-making.

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