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Hand Surgery

Improve Strength, Function and Flexibility

Hand surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers.

What should I expect during a consultation for hand surgery?

The success and safety of your hand procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your hand surgery consultation. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

During your hand surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

Your plastic surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your hand in detail
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment to restore hand function
  • Discuss likely outcomes of hand surgery and any risks or potential complications


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