How Do I Know If I Really Need a Hand Surgery Specialist?
A hand fracture and a hand injury that’s going to require surgery are two different things. But how do you know if your particular injury is going to require surgery? The first thing you need to do is contact a hand surgery specialist immediately. Scheduling an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon is the only way to know for sure what the next step will be for getting you on the road to recovery.
Do I Really Need Hand Surgery?
A Jacksonville orthopedic surgeon will assess your hand during an exam by looking for the following:
- If the bones in your hand are unstable such as in a compound fracture.
- If there are bones piercing your skin.
- If the bones are shattered.
- Look at the position of your fingers.
- Check the range of motion of your fingers.
- Determine if you have any numbness in your fingers.
- Perform X-Rays to finalize the diagnosis
If an orthopedic doctor determines you have an injury versus a hand fracture, you will be given the option of surgery. At which time the orthopedic surgeon will generally implant wires, plates or screws into your hand to hold the bones in place.
Who Can I Call for Information About a Hand Surgery?
Should you require surgery, or would like more information about a hand surgery, please contact one of our Jacksonville orthopedic surgeons today. At Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, we promise to treat you and your injury with all the care and compassion you deserve while taking the time to thoroughly answer all your questions.
What About After Surgery Care?
After your injury has healed, your hand surgery specialist could opt for removing the implants; however, some doctors decide to leave them in place. Going forward, your joints might be stiff from the surgery; therefore, your surgeon will probably have you perform some post-recovery exercises to help restore the strength and range of motion in your hand.