Questions to Ask Before Having Hand Surgery
Whether or not to have hand surgery is a question that should be discussed with your doctor. We tend to think about surgery in terms of function. Is your hand or arm functional now? Can you live with your hand or arm the way it is? And would surgery help make you more functional or less painful? These are the things that must be considered prior to hand surgery, as you have to weigh the benefits of the surgery against the disadvantages of surgery.
Try Therapy First!
Occasionally your doctor will suggest you try therapy prior to scheduling surgery. Therapy can help you regain strength and function enough that surgery is not necessary. We typically recommend you try therapy for at least 3-4 weeks prior to deciding to go ahead with surgery. Your therapist can help you determine if therapy is helping or not.
Therapy After Surgery
Another topic to discuss with your doctor is, will you need therapy after the surgery? We find patients are not always made aware of the therapy required after certain surgeries. Some surgeries can require weeks or months of therapy afterwards. If you do need therapy after surgery, it’s always best to call ahead of time to ensure your preferred appointment times are available.
Get a Second Opinion
Lastly, before you decide whether or not to have surgery, it’s important to get a second opinion. Read more here about when to get a second opinion.
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