If you’ve recently been referred for hand or wrist surgery, you may be feeling overwhelmed. It’s normal to feel anxious when undergoing any kind of medical procedure, so let’s break down the basics of what you can expect from your upcoming hand or wrist surgery at our Lake Mary orthopedic surgeon.
Depending on your condition, there are a variety of procedures that may be recommended for your specific case. Some common examples include carpal tunnel release, tendon repair, and joint replacement surgery. Before any type of procedure is performed, it is important that you consult with an orthopedic specialist for a thorough assessment and discussion about which surgery best suits your needs.
Prior to any surgery, you will be asked to complete a physical examination and provide a detailed medical history. You may also need to have an X-ray or MRI scan done before the operation takes place in order to determine the exact location and extent of damage that needs to be addressed. There may also be some lifestyle changes prescribed prior to the procedure such as quitting smoking or limiting alcohol intake in order to reduce the risk of complications during the operation.
Most surgeries are performed under regional anesthesia (such as local blocks) or general anesthesia depending on the type of procedure being performed. Once anesthesia has taken effect, small incisions will be made along the affected area in order to access the underlying structures that need repairing or replacing. During this time, small instruments such as forceps and scissors are used to complete necessary repairs before closing up the wound(s). In some cases, screws and plates may also be used during certain procedures in order to hold everything together while healing occurs naturally over time.
Once all necessary repairs have been completed successfully, your surgeon will close up incisions using sutures before applying dressings over top in order to promote healing within the affected area(s). You may find yourself wearing a splint or cast for several weeks following your procedure in order to protect your bones and joints from further damage and strain while they heal completely over time. As with any major medical procedure, it is important that you follow all instructions given by your doctor as well as take all prescribed medications diligently in order to ensure optimal recovery results without any complications arising along the way.
Hand or wrist surgery can seem daunting at first but understanding what is involved from start to finish can help ease some anxieties around this process. Our team at Central Florida Bone & Joint Institute is here every step of the way – from pre-operative assessments right through post-operative care – in order for you receive comprehensive care throughout each stage of treatment. With our experienced surgeons on board along with dedicated support staff members available 24/7, we are confident that we can provide you with all the information needed regarding hand and wrist surgery so that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare going forward! Contact us to schedule an appointment.