Hand Surgery at Haywood Regional 

Our hands serve many purposes. From morning until night our hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, hold our children, and do many other activities. When an injury halts that functionality, the impact can be profound. Hand injuries can also take a toll on mental and emotional health. Injuries can develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, occupational issues, anatomic and congenital predisposition, and chronic systemic diseases. 

What is a hand surgeon? 

When a problem takes place in the hand, care may be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible. Haywood Regional has a board-certified, fellowship trained hand surgeon ready to care for you and your personalized case. 

  • Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm.
  • Hand surgeons care for these problems without surgery, and they are specially trained to operate when necessary.
  • Many hand surgeons are also experts in diagnosing and caring for shoulder and elbow problems.
  • Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand.
  • To qualify for membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, a hand surgeon must complete a full year of additional training in an accredited fellowship and must pass a rigorous certifying examination.   

Meet our Hand Surgeon 

Paul J. Cutting, MD 

Dr. Paul Cutting is a board-certified hand surgeon with Western Carolina Orthopedics Specialists. He completed his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University Health Science in Bethesda, MD, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, GA. He completed his hand surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Inc. and holds a subspecialty certification in Hand Surgery. He is also a fellow, American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cutting is a retired colonel, Army Medical Corps.


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