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Dr. Steven Brown

Hand Surgery
Manchester, , NH
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Bedford

Address

20 Washington Place, Bedford
Directions

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

CHAMPUS

Cigna

Harvard Pilgim Health Care

Medicare

TUFTS Health Plan

MVP Healthcare

Aetna

Tricare

Catholic Medical Center Wound Center

Manchester, , NH

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hand Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Wound care

Licenses

United States: Connecticut, New Hampshire

Doctor Q&A

656 Answers
774 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
The expanders themselves weigh very little all the weight is in the volume of saline that has been instilled. 320 cc of saline weighs .68 pounds. So ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Hinged brace: If you truly have a severe or"bad" ligament sprain treatment depends on the ligament injured. Typically with an acute sprain a hinged brace will give ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Exercise: As with muscles in other areas of the body the hand muscles can be strengthened with exercise and increase use. Be aware that some muscle weakness in... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
U*nlikely: If ganglions occur within the carpal canal it can cause you to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness in the thumb and fingers supplied by the media... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Antibiotics: Initial care is primarily antibiotics, however the infection may not respond and this requires removal of the nail, or marsupilization of the epinychi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Can't: Crest syndrome is an auto-immune disorder that includes calcinosis, raynaud's disease, scleroderma, telangectasia and esophageal dysphagia. It has no ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Doubtful: Only really rapid presenting carcinoma is a keratoacanthoma a form of of squamous cell carcinoma.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
? cholecysitis: Location you describe is the location of the gall bladder, you could possibly have cholelithiasis or cholecysitis especially if pain is exacerbated wi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Degree of injury: If this is severe carpal tunnel with axonal injury this could take 8 to 10 months or never completely return, if it is mild with only neuroapraxic inj... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Splint: takes 6-8 weeks for ligament tear to heal and 4 months for swelling to subside. Tendon injuries often require surgery so see a hand surgeon if any los... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Location?: Depends on the location and symptoms, if asymptomatic than there is no need to treat it. If on the dorsum of the wrist aspiration may be successful, o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Timing: Why would you take hydrocodone without even knowing a painful incident might occur? If your refering to therapy after surgery do not take hydrocodone ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Ice: Best to ice limit use and take anti-inflammatory
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Post mastectomy: Options for reconstruction vary, include tram flap reconstruction, perforator free flap reconstruction, and other microvascular reconstructive options... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Not typical treatmen: it is bacteriostatic but not an appropriate treatment for active infection such as a boil that is essentially a skin abscess.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Variable by injury: Depends on the level of the amputation, type of surgical care, and degree of zone of injury. Seek care from hand surgeon. No generalities will apply t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Variable by injury: Usually approximately 4 months for reactive swelling to resolve.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
2 main causes: Trauma such as a fall can cause a peripheral tear or central flap tear. Attrition tears can also occur from repetitive loading and overuse of the wris... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Trigger thumb: Initially ice, anti inflammatories and splinting should be tried. If no response than steroid injection could be helpful if not than surgical release ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Elevation, ice, anti-inflammatories and use of fingers to help milk swelling out of hand are all helpful. Compression gloves like isotonic can be help... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Normal: Will take 4 to 6 weeks for acute edema to settle down and up to 8 months to get to an end point in reactive changes due to the fracture.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Dislocation often associated with ligament injury resulting in unstable joint, or avulsion fracture involving the joint articular surface. You should ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Doubtful: Steroid creams applied to the skin will not penetrate to the level of the tendons and therefore will most likely not be successful in treating your pr... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Possibly: Carpal tunnel causes numbness and tingling in median nerve distribution to the thumb, index, long and radial half of the ring finger. Therefore this c... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Trauma?: Was there any trauma or injury to the knee or is this just a sudden onset with no preceding stress of the knee. Always a concern for deep venous throm... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Allergy: Could be possible mild anaphylactic allergic reaction if persists seek care
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
At the base: The trapezio-metacarpal joint is also known as the 1st carpo-metacarpal joint at the base of the thumb. The carp-metacarpal joints are at the base of ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Different areas: Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is due to an injury to the origin of the wrist extensors over the lateral elbow resulting in a painful scarred i... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Usually surgery: This is usually a surgically treated problem with multiple options of care depending on the extent of injury, time frame of diagnosis to date of inju... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Genetic muscle: Autosomal recessive inherited disease of muscles. Both parents must be gene carriers. Four types: Classic -weakness, floppiness, breathing problems: P... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Very possible: Your symptoms are very consistent with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome seek care with a Hand Surgeon or Neurologist
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Tendonitis: Most common problem with that pain pattern would be tendonitis that would flair with over use or stress to the wrist. However, more problematic issues... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Neurologic injury: Most commonly either compression neuropathy of median or ulnar nerve, or neuroapraxic injury which is essentially a bruising of the nerve if persists ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Overuse: That muscles is known as the abductor digiti minimi and is responsible for deviating the little finger out of the palm. It is part of the hypothenar e... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Intersection syndrom: This is known as intersection syndrome. It developes secondary to tendonitis in the 2nd and 1st extensor compartment. The pain arises at the point whe... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Tedonitis: Most common cause based on your description would be extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis. Could also be a mild collateral ligament sprain. Use a splint ... Read More
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Fluid retention: Any food that causes you to retain fluid, hence increasing edema in the extremities, will exacerbate your carpal tunnel by increasing the pressure in ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Not typical: Not typically the described symptoms or findings of torn rotator cuff. I am not aware of any home remedies, seek care with orthopedic surgeon.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Clavicle nerve?: There is no clavicle nerve, however if a nerve was severed DMSO will have no effect on nerve regeneration.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: It is possible to hyperextend any muscle in the body causing muscle injury.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
? procedure: Multiple procedures are available to treat s-l ligament tear so the recovery time is variable. However expect acute reactive edema for four months and... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Cast saw: A cast saw is used to split the cast. It is a vibratory saw that will only cut hard material and avoids potential of cutting patient. The cast is then... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Time heals: Typically hand and finger injuries have persistent reactive swelling and associated pain/discomfort for four months. In addition it will take a full 8... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Effective Rx: Skin grafting can be full thickness to cover smaller defects or for better aesthetics or resilience, and split thickness grafts that heal faster and c... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Tendonitis: Over exercising could cause flexor tendonitis increasing the pressure in the carpal canal causing compression of the median nerve resulting in carpal ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
CRPS: Used for treatment of rsd or complex regional pain syndrome, injection blocks the parasympathetic nerve flow to the upper extremity on the side of the... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Develops secondary to binding of the flexor tendons at the a1 pulley at the distal palmer crease of the finger involved. Can be due to inflammation ar... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Costal chondritis: Sounds like costal chondritis an inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and the sternum. Try oral anti-inflammatory if no response than need t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Dental floss: slip floss under the ring than wrap tightly around the finger past the pip joint . Keep floss tight and begin un wrapping the floss from behind the ri... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Conservative RX: Primary initial care would be icing, elevation, anti-inflamatories and range of motion exercises. If no response than seek care as there is potential ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks, doctor Steven. I also dislocated my index fingers in its distal joint when pressing too hard at yoga. Finger getting more and more swollen motionless. What doc...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the insight, we have no hand surgeons within a 180 mile radius. Best option appears to be an Ortho. No plastics here either.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Useful advice. Still, I hate drugs and prefer a known thing (e.g., gin) to an unknown (pain med) if it won't interfere w/the results

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

University of Connecticut Hartford CT

Residency

Boston University ,University Hospital Boston MA

Awards

Elected membership, Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society
Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, New Hampshire - Summer
2013
Top Doctor, First Place, Manchester Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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