Orthopedics & plastics – hand surgery: CONCEPTUALIZING THENAR TRAUMA AND REPAIR
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign
Orthopedic & plastic surgery
Dr. P Binhammer, Sunnybrook Hospital
Conceptualizing thenar trauma anatomically, while creating a clear, visual storytelling of surgical reparations. This was a case of a table saw injury causing thenar trauma. This surgery was unique because the surgeon had to evaluate the damage once opening the thenar group; visibility in applicable scans was unclear due to soft tissue damage (rather than bone). The rarity of this surgical procedure in literature persuaded this visual documentation of the surgical process.
Obstacles included choosing the appropriate view that would carry the audience through the process of the reparative surgery. The sequence begins with the entire overview of the hand so the audience would be able to locate the area of trauma and properly orient their viewpoint. The delicate anatomical nature of the hand, and intact muscles under the severed flexor pollicis brevis were included to enhance spatial awareness of the layers of the hand and understand the depth of the table saw trauma. Focusing within the operating window, the sequence follows the procedure for muscle and nerve repair.
Process work building to the final illustration, I began with pen sketches in the OR (observership), general sketches for anatomy and layout, as well as digital process work for the final render.