Dramatic advances have been made in recent years for treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. Plastic surgeons are at the forefront of these treatments, and serve as specialists whose major interests are improving both hand function and appearance. Plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, and have the ability to treat patients who suffer from a wide range of hand problems.
The best candidate for hand surgery
If you are considering hand surgery, a consultation with a plastic surgeon is a good place to start. During your consultation, the surgeon will examine your hands, discuss the possible methods of treatment for your problem, and let you know if surgery is the right option.
If surgery is deemed appropriate, the surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail, including where the surgery will be performed, the anesthesia and surgical techniques that will be used, possible risks and complications, the recovery and rehabilitation periods, and the probable outcome in terms of function and appearance.
Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have during the initial consultation, including any concerns you have about the recommended treatment and the costs involved.