Serving patients in the Augusta, Maine, community, Anthony Perrone, MD, has a plastic surgery background that includes burn reconstruction and microsurgery techniques. Dr. Anthony Perrone is also experienced in operating on patients with congenital hand deformities.
Present at birth, these types of hand conditions make life challenging for babies, as they interact with many things primarily through use of the hands. Minor conditions include digital disproportion, and severe cases extend to the complete absence of a bone.
One relatively common issue involves parts of the hand ceasing to develop in the womb, which can result in a missing structure or complete absence. In cases of a missing hand, surgery is not typically recommended, but prosthetic devices are introduced at as early a stage of development as possible. Surgery is typically indicated when parts of the hand fail to separate, as with syndactylism, which involves one or more fingers being fused together.
Based in Augusta, Maine, Anthony Perrone, MD, provides care that spans general and plastic surgery. Dr. Anthony Perrone’s training in the field includes a hand and microsurgery fellowship undertaken at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.
An advanced surgical field, reconstructive microsurgery involves the use of highly specialized microscopes with the capacity to guide operations within tiny structures. The microscopes enlarge the physician’s view up to 50 times, which enables the use of precision instrumentation in confined spaces. Common uses of the microscopes, which facilitate stitches finer than a single human hair, include repairing nerves and blood vessels that have been transected.
The ability to reestablish blood flow between tiny severed nerves and vessels has had an outsized impact over the past half century. Since the early 1960s, severed limbs, toes, and fingers have been successfully replanted. The discipline has been augmented in recent years with new robotics and computing technologies.
After earning his MD, Dr. Anthony Perrone went on to complete his preliminary training certification in general surgery at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. Anthony Perrone, MD, was formerly a plastic surgeon at the Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hand surgery is a common form of plastic reconstructive surgery that is performed to improve strength, flexibility, and function. It is employed to treat conditions that cause pain or prevent normal hand functions.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one condition that can often require hand surgery. Caused by a pinched median nerve in the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness or tingling in the arm and hand. Several factors can contribute to this condition, including the structure of the wrist, underlying health problems, and routine work.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition that may be correctable by surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is defined as the inflammation of any joint in the body. When it is present in the hands, it may result in deformation and immobilization.
Another condition that may be repairable through surgery is Dupuytren’s contracture, and it occurs when scar-like tissue forms in the palm and reaches into the fingers. It can bend the fingers into abnormal positions and reduce dexterity.
Now serving as the chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center, Anthony Perrone, MD, provides reconstructive surgeries to patients who have experienced injury, oncologic surgery, and congenital issues. Prior to beginning his career, Anthony Perrone, MD, studied at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It was here that Dr. Perrone was named the president of the university’s chapter of the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society.
Each year, the Rho Chi Society awards its Clinical Research Scholarship of $7,500 to a clinical research fellow who meets the scholarship’s application requirements:
1. Be a Rho Chi Honor Society member.
2. Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident.
3. Be a clinical research fellow who is preparing to enter the second year of fellowship.
4. Have completed her or his studies at a college of pharmacy or school that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).