Meet Dr. Robert BassHand and Upper Extremity Specialist
- Holder of the:
- Hansjörg Wyss Distinguished Professorship in Orthopaedic Trauma
Hand specialist Robert Bass, M.D., has personal experience with how hand injuries can profoundly affect a patient’s daily life. “The hand is high-priced real estate,” says Dr. Bass, an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training and board certification in hand surgery and microsurgery. “When you have a hand or upper-extremity problem, we’re the people you should seek out.”
The way the hand works, and the fact that it’s your interface with the environment, fascinates me.”
Packed with bones, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscle, the hand is one of the most anatomically intricate areas of the body. It’s also one of the most vulnerable to harm from everyday activities. Many of Dr. Bass’s patients see him for work-related injuries, while others come seeking care for old injuries that never properly healed.
For arthritis sufferers, Dr. Bass offers reconstructive surgery of the elbow, wrist, and hand, including joint replacement. He is also an expert in endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because most operations on the hand and arm are performed through small incisions, they are naturally minimally invasive. Dr. Bass often uses microscopes during surgery to help ensure the most precise repairs. He also offers rehabilitative therapies for select patients who might benefit from them.
Dr. Bass and his hand fellowship trained partner, orthopaedic surgeon Timothy Schacherer, M.D., work closely with certified hand therapists. These highly trained professionals help patients achieve excellent results after or instead of surgery.