OUR PRACTICE

Hayes Hand Center was founded in 1981 by Dr. Cauley Hayes, who recognized that there was an increasing number of patients with hand-related conditions being seen in the offices of RefinedLooks Plastic Surgery and felt that these patients would be best managed in a center dedicated solely to the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand.

Since then, the Center has grown to house three Board Certified Hand Surgeons with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, with plans to add even more. Each of our surgeons are UTHSC Professors of Plastic and Orthopedic Surgery, and they are dedicated to teaching the next generation of surgeons.

Our Hand Center has included the expertise of hand therapists in our overall program since the late 1970’s. We take great pride in the abilities and professionalism of our licensed Hand Therapists and recognize that many patients benefit greatly from their expertise. Our therapy department is staffed with Occupational Therapists who have specialized in the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremities. Not all patients require hand rehabilitation following their treatment or hand surgery, but for those that do, having the treating physician and therapist working together in the same office allows for optimal patient outcomes and a uniquely synergistic approach to hand rehabilitation.  

Specialty Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Hand tumors
Dupuytren’s disease Microsurgery
Peripheral nerve surgery
Hand traumas, including fracture care and tendon injuries.

Hayes Hand Center now serves Chattanooga and the surrounding areas of southeast Tennessee,  western North Carolina, north Georgia, and northeast Alabama southeastern, western, etc.

What is Hand Surgery?

Hand Surgery is that specialty with both surgical and non-surgical treatment considerations for conditions of the hand, wrist, or elbow. Hand surgeons treat problems ranging from tendonitis to nerve conditions. The upper extremity is a complex system, which requires nerves, muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments working synchronously to achieve a shared goal:
 
• Four year college degree,
• Completion of medical school (4 years),
• Completion of a residency program in either Orthopaedic 
  Surgery (5 years), or Plastic Surgery (5-7 years),
• Completion of an accredited hand surgery fellowship
  (1 year).
 
Each of our surgeons holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery.