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Hand surgery

As a patient of Balgrist University Hospital, you can benefit from the whole range of hand and peripheral nerve surgery covered by our team: whatever the cause or problem, and no matter how complex the treatment, our experienced specialists are here to help - you are in good hands!

Our highly specialized hand team treats birth defects in newborns, the consequences of an accident or illness in children and adults or damage caused by erosion in older people.

Areas of expertise

We bring together highly specialized knowledge and skills, techniques and materials to give you the best possible treatment.

For instance, this includes:

  • diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy and endoscopy
  • microsurgery including free tissue transfer
  • nerve reconstruction including preoperative electrodiagnostics
  • multiplanar analysis and correction of malpositioned joints
  • use of prosthetic replacement joints, and so on

Treatments and procedures

Balgrist University Hospital provides surgical treatments and procedures for the following hand problems:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, ganglion cysts, trigger finger
  • Fractures and badly healed breaks to the forearm, wrist and the bones of the hand
  • Painful, malpositioned, unstable or stiff joints as a result of an accident, illness, rheumatism or erosion
  • Paralysis of the arm and hand, particularly damage to the brachial plexus in children and adults
  • Microsurgical reconstruction, tendon transfer and other redo and correction procedures


We are happy to arrange appointments for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

+41 44 386 30 11
+41 44 386 30 99

You can reach us as follows:
Monday – Friday
08.30 a.m. – 12 noon
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Information for referring doctors

Our focus

Our highly specialized hand team treats birth defects in newborns, the consequences of an accident or illness in children and adults, or damage caused by wear and tear in older people.

Indications and range of services

The hand team led by Prof. L. Nagy specializes in the following

  • Recent and old injuries of the wrist (fractures and damaged ligaments)
  • Recent and poorly healed fractures of the hand and forearm
  • Arthritis of the wrist and fingers
  • Recent and old nerve injuries and nerve entrapment syndromes

We offer the following medical services

  • Conservative and surgical management of all types of wrist injury
  • Conservative and surgical management of fractures of the hand and forearm
  • Correction of all poorly healed bones with state-of-the-art 3D technology
  • Conservative and surgical management of arthritis of the wrist and fingers
  • Relief of nerve compression in the upper and lower limbs
  • Repair and reconstruction of damaged nerves and replacement operations

The benefit to your patients

Our medical services offer your patients the following advantages

  • Recovery/improvement of function in the hand
  • Treatment/relief of pain
  • Comprehensive work-up and discussion with in-house specialists (radiology, neurology, rheumatology) makes for perfect cooperation and time management
  • Subsequent care (occupational therapy, physiotherapy) carried out in house for maximum synergy