ands 1. The hand as an instrument
Surgery is an area of medicine that depends on the surgeons’
hands and the instruments which are controlled by their them. This is especially
true in the field of Plastic Surgery which is responsible for “molding or
transforming” acquired or congenital defects, while applying anatomic,
functional and esthetic criterion.
The hand allows us to relate to surgery in a physical way, such
that the tactile information received by the numerous nerve endings in the
finger tips constitutes an extension of the surgeon’s brain, and thought
processes. The hand touches, picks up, entwines, shows, measures, pulls, pushes,
sustains, holds, writes, communicates, gestures, massages, creates music,
pleases…. Feels and creates feeling.
All these movements are applied in the Art of Plastic Surgery,
and constitute their own language. This “language” of gestures is used to carry
out each and every one of these operations and many times automatically. With
this unique language, words and sounds are not needed in order to communicate
information. Let’s investigate deeper….