Dr. Monica Wood

Hand Surgery
Shoreline, WA
30 years experience female

Locations

Office

Everett, WA

Address

10821 19th Avenue SE, Suite 200, Everett, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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Office

Shoreline, WA

Office

Woodinville, WA

About

Bio

<strong>Personal Interests:</strong> <ul> <li>Dr. Wood enjoys cooking and creating new recipes. She likes to be outdoors&mdash;biking, kayaking, hiking, or skiing.</li> </ul> <strong>Did You Know</strong> <ul> <li>Dr. Wood has been interested in hands since she was very young. She decided to become a surgeon at age 11 and avidly pursued her dream. She believes our hands are an important part of our identity and that loss of hand function affects all aspects of our lives. By restoring hand function, she allows people to fully participate in their occupations, hobbies, and social activities.</li> <li>She regards patients as individuals and attempts to tailor treatments to their needs. She believes the more a patient understands his/her condition, the more equipped to make treatment decisions and adhere to recommendations. Drawings, models, and diagrams are helpful to increase comprehension. The frequent question, &ldquo;What is it worth to you?&rdquo; is designed to gauge the impact of the condition on a person&rsquo;s life and determine which treatment option fits best.</li> </ul>

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Carpal : Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically experienced as the hand "falling asleep" with numbness and tingling, mostly involving the thumb, index, and middle... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
The : The knee has 2 "compartments" between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The bones are covered with end cartilage--the smooth, hard cartil... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Without : Without seeing the images, it is difficult to know how much of the fibula is broken and how displaced it really is. The symptoms you're having sound ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Statistically, : Statistically, you are likely to be a 50-year-old woman with symptoms in your non-dominant hand. These symptoms are classic for arthritis at the base... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
It : It is not clear what your surgery was. Staples can be used in the foot for a number of problems, though often to fuse arthritic joints. It is also u... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
The : The rotator cuff muscles help stabilize the shoulder and lift the arm from the side. They can be torn traumatically in young athletes or as a part of... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Depending : Depending on the severity of the break (same as fracture), you may feel pain immediately or it may be delayed. The more severe the injury, the more l... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
How : How did you cut yourself? Was there a chance something got inside? Sometimes a small splinter, piece of metal, or piece of glass will irritate the s... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
This : This is a loaded question. To get to the root of any infection, there often needs to be an "outbreak" where several cases can be tracked to a common ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, this is not a question we are allowed to answer in a public forum. Each physician groups sets its own fee schedule. They are not perm... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There are a few nerves around the pelvis that could be injured during graft harvest. The most common one is the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve which... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
I : I would recommend starting with a good primary care physician. Without looking at his hands and seeing which way they are bending, it is difficult to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
"Weak" : "weak" is a rather vague symptom that can have different meanings. Do you notice any lack of ability to extend your wrist and fingers? Do you feel l... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There are a lot of details missing and i'm not sure how the spine relates to his arm. What was the nature of the injury? What bones were involved? ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
A : A lot of this is based on age. With increasing age, bones heal a bit slower. However, the distal radius is not an area where we usually see problems... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There are a number of structures that can be cut in this area, including the skin, extensor tendon, lateral bands, saggital bands, lumbrical tendon, i... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Oh...at : Oh...At first i didn't know what you were talking about. It's kind of an odd thing to think your bowel gas is affecting your shoulder. I will take t... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
While : While it is possible it is a knot of healing bone (callus) from a small crack, you would likely have had more pain in the area from the injury. Often... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
While : While these symptoms are typical of carpal tunnel syndrome, there can be a variety of causes. If you want a simple check, buy any of the over-the-cou... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
The : The er physician's role is to check for immediately life-threatening conditions. They do not do a full medical evaluation. To dig deeper, you need t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
First, : First, you want to confirm the diagnosis. You may be having a trigger thumb, a problem with the flexor tendon sheath where the tendon catches on a ba... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
How : How old are you? Do you have any heart conditions, like congestive heart failure? Do you have any kidney problems? Swelling is a very non-specifi... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Contrary : Contrary to popular belief, most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are "idiopathic, " that is, we don't know the cause. Cubital tunnel syndrome is simi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Women : Women can have atypical signs of a heart attack, such as nausea, heartburn, and numbness and tingling. While we think of left arm pain in association... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Your : Your description of color changes with position of the shoulder and head is consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome. This occurs when nerves or bloo... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
From : From your description, it sounds like you are having some sort of vascular problem with your hands. You should see your primary care physician prompt... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There are 3 main nerves that supply the forearm and hand, but also some skin branches from nerves higher up. Depending on what part of your forearm i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
You : You may have a condition called phlebitis--where the vein gets inflamed after injecting medications. However, it might be an infection which can be q... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Honestly, : Honestly, the best way to get to a doctor is to have insurance. With a spinal cord tumor, the evaluation and treatment are very expensive. There are... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Emphysema : Emphysema is most commonly associated with smoking. If you have never been a smoker, you are less likely to get it. However, there do seem to be fac... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There is no such thing as "normal" for this test. The results are widely variable based on hand size, occupation, hobbies, previous injuries, and eff... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
As : As the other 2 physicians here have noted, these symptoms are typical of compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, also known as cubital tunnel syn... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Numbness : Numbness and tingling in the hands is most often associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, but can have a number of other causes. Nerves can be compres... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
As : As dr. Ring notes, this is a true hand emergency. Intra-arterial injection can clot the vessel and stop circulation to the area. In addition, street... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
That : That is a lot for someone to go through and it is remarkable that he survived such a severe infection! there are a number of things that can happen, ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
What : What is your strength on the opposite side? 40kg is about 88 pounds. I know my own grip strength is about that and i wouldn't consider myself "weak"... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Here : Here is a copy of my answer to another user with the same question: contrary to popular belief, most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are "idiopathic,... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
To : To give a very qualified answer: if your back pain is related to having large breasts and extra weight, then breast reduction and abdominoplasty can ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
As : As dr. Ring mentions, infections are uncommon that quickly. However, some particularly dirty wounds can get infected overnight. Watch for increasing... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There are a few conditions that can cause night sweats, back pain, and multiple MRI lesions. None of them are particularly happy. Have you been test... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Itching : Itching is a very non-specific symptom. Do you have a bandage, splint, or cast in place? Do you have allergies to medications? Is there a rash? A ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
It : It is hard to know what is going on without seeing the bumbs. I also don't know your age and family history. It sounds like you are describing varic... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
For : For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. Howe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
These : These symptoms, called dysesthesias, can have a variety of causes. A good neurologist can help sort it out. You are on a variety of medications for ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
That : That depends on what you mean by "upper leg." anatomically, the leg is the segment between the knee and the ankle. "upper leg" would mean pain near ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
There : There is no "best" surgeon, but there are better and worse ones. If you're willing to travel, there are a couple of places known for their studies an... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
I : I agree with the other surgeons here: carpal tunnel syndrome is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and exam findings. Up to 20% of people with c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
This : This should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon immediately! while it may be from an injury, there are more serious conditions that can cause lump... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
Are : Are you having any numbness or tingling? Do you mean weakness in elbow flexion? Did you feel a pop in your elbow or forearm? Where is the pain? On... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Monica Wood
Hand Surgery 30 years experience
It : It can be difficult to distinguish a severe burn from an infection. Both will be red. Both will have drainage, particularly if blisters have rupture... Read More
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Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Dr. Edwin Vyhmeister
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Wood goes the extra mile to provide outstanding care for her patients
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Wood goes the extra mile to provide outstanding care for her patients
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wood is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Wow that was a very thorough & helpful answer concerning nerve damage & repair. Very interesting, thx for the insight!
HealthTap member
I am 47yrs and I am experiencing some movements in my hard and joint paints around my neck. Hip amd shoulder what do I do.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. I feel the nail protects the injured area. I'm not a doctor

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - San Diego
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Awards

Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Washington State Medical Association
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