Chicago Hand Center

Treatment for your upper extremity conditions

The Chicago Hand Center is comprised of Plastic Surgery and Hand Specialists, Hand Therapy Associates and the NovaMed Center for Reconstructive Surgery and Imaging Center.

We offer the offer the convenience of  X-Ray, MRI and EMG all in one location.

We strive to provide comprehensive, compassionate, convenient, and affordable care of the highest quality for patients with disorders of the hand.

Conditions Treated Include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fractures (fingers, hand, wrist)
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes


  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Trigger Fingers
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Upper Extremity Reconstruction


Dr. Schlenker interviewing a return patient who previously had carpal tunnel surgery on her right hand, now going to receive carpal tunnel surgery on her left hand. (Before the procedure)

Dr. Schlenker discussing Trigger Thumb and the successful surgery/treatment of one of his patients.

Plastic Surgery and Hand Specialists

James S. Schlenker M.D

Dr. Schlenker graduated with honors from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed residency first in General Surgery and later in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been certified in both these specialties.  In addition, he completed a Fellowship in Hand Surgery and satisfied the requirement for “Added Qualification in Hand Surgery.”

Dr. Schlenker is fluent in Spanish, French, and German.

For most of his patients needing surgery, Dr. Schlenker uses the on-site Ambulatory Surgery Center.  He also is an active staff member at the following local hospitals:

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Hinsdale Hospital
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital
  • Palos Community Hospital
  • LaGrange Memorial Hospital


Hand Therapy Associates is comprised of registered/licensed Occupational Therapists with experience in areas of Hand Rehabilitation, Industrial Rehabilitation and general rehabilitation of the upper extremities.
Our therapists focus on rehabilitation of the upper extremity, pre and post surgical, traumatic injury, accident, illness or other condition in order to return the individual to their previous activities. Therapy may include the following:

  • BTE work simulator
  • Customized splinting for correction, prevention and protection
  • Edema and scar management
  • Industrial therapy – FCEs/Work Conditioning
  • Progressive resistive exercises
  • Pain management
  • Range of motion – early mobilization
  • Sensory re-education/desenitization
  • Wound management


The Center for Reconstructive Surgery was founded by Dr. James Schlenker in 1987 to serve the needs of his patients. This is State licensed, AAAHC certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Medicare certified,

The Surgery Center has four operating rooms with state of the art equipment. The Surgery Center is utilized by hand surgeons, as well as pain specialists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, plastic surgeons, and others.


To contact us, please call or Fill out the form below

6311 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453

ph: (708) 423-2258
fax: (708) 423-2305