In some situations, hand surgery is necessary in order to regain proper function and mobility of your hands, wrists and fingers. Whether you’ve suffered a hand or wrist fracture or are experiencing complications from conditions like arthritis or carpal tunnel, an experienced hand surgeon can help.
During your consultation, be sure to ask these questions so you have all the information you need to know before your hand surgery.
1. Are You Board-Certified?
First and foremost, you want to be sure you’re working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery shows that this particular surgeon has completed rigorous medical schooling, residency programs and oral and written exams.
Plastic surgeons who specialize in hand surgery may also hold a subspecialty certificate for Surgery of the Hand (S.O.T.H.), which requires additional training.
2. How Many Procedures of This Kind Have You Performed in the Past?
In addition to being a highly trained and reputable professional, your plastic surgeon should also have ample experience performing the specific procedure that you’re considering.
Depending on your specific situation, your plastic surgeon may recommend trying a nonsurgical treatment option before opting for surgery.
3. Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
After a thorough physical examination, your plastic surgeon should be able to provide recommendations on nonsurgical and/or surgical solutions that could be right for you. If you already have a procedure in mind, inquire as to whether or not you’re a good candidate for that particular treatment.