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Dr. Toni Lin

Hand Surgery
Indianapolis, IN
female

Locations

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Address

Methodist Hosp - Orthopedics MPC 1 Suite 535, 1701 N Senate Blvd, Indianapolis, IN
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Tricare

Medicaid

Sagamore Health Network, Inc

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University Health - Methodist Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

About

Bio

I am so excited to be back home in Indianapolis treating hand conditions! My degrees come from both Purdue (where I graduated with honors degree in Communications) and IU (where I was president of my medical school class). My background includes a vigorous orthopaedic surgery residency in Michigan and a hand surgery fellowship in Dallas that combined the best of both plastic hand surgery and orthopaedic hand surgery! I really pride myself on taking the time to explain diagnoses and treatment plans in "regular English". For adults, I commonly treat hand injuries, nerve compressions like carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis. I have had the unique experience of working with some of the best pediatric hand surgeons in the world, and routinely see children for hand fractures and congenital hand differences/deformities. Let our office know how we can make the hand surgery experience better for you at 317.963.1950!

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Torn tendon: Tendons can also rupture from degeneration due to chronic injury or multiple cortisone injections.
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Maybe trigger finger: It's hard to tell without seeing you in person, but trigger fingers or arthritis cause what you are describing. Depends on where in your hand you're ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Many ways: It depends on the cause... Is it related to retaining fluid through out the body? An injury? Arthritis? Even some rheumatologic conditions can caus... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Yes, but not common: Any time there's a break in the skin, whether from a paper cut, bug bite, or small puncture, there is a chance for infection. Pain, redness, warmth, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Depends on cause: Tingling fingers can be caused from poor circulation, nerve compression, injury, even hyperventilation. A hand surgeon can help determine the cause h... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Get it checked out: Bumps and pain near the cuticle are usually a sign of infection, but can occasionally be related to a problem with the nail or an underlying tumor. ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
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Or Cubital Tunnel: In addition to carpal tunnel syndrome, there's a nerve that is easily pinched at the elbow when we sleep. If you're getting numbness and/or tingling ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Several possibilitie: Common things we see in this area are arthritis, or possibly a ligament injury. If there was trauma involved, you could have a fracture. It could al... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Pinched nerve: There's a nerve that is easily pinched at the elbow when our elbows are bent. If you're getting numbness and/or tingling to the ring finger and pinky... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
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Early Trigger finger: Sounds like the early stages of a trigger finger, before it starts to catch. See if you have a tender spot on your palm, at the base of your pinky wh... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Breaks or fatter pen: If you hand hurts from writing for long periods of time, try to take breaks and stretch your fingers back. A fatter/wider pen may help if you have ce... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Usually 6=-8 weeks: Most bones take 6-8 weeks to heal, but certain ones tend to take longer. There are also factors, like smoking, which can slow down healing even more.
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Depends: See a hand surgeon and get an x-ray to determine if it's arthritis or something like trigger finger that can feel like it's in a joint.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Small hands can run in your family (check your parents and siblings) and be perfectly functional. Sometimes, small hand or fingers can be part of a s... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
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Wait and see: Ganglion cysts are very common on the top of the wrist. Sometimes they go away on their own, but that tends not to be the case if it's been there for... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: With cuts deep enough to cut the tendon, one or both of the nerves in the finger could be cut or "bruised". If it felt normal after the injury, but b... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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How small?: Depends on the size, location, and surgeon. If it's extremely small, it can be hard to get any fluid out, and may not be worth the pain of another as... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Tough one...: Hmm, this is a tough one! you run a risk of falling and/or injuring something else if you try to get some exercise outside on uneven terrain. To get... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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A few options: Yes, dupuytren's cords can cause palm bulges, but certain vascular growths/tumors can look blue. Does it throb? Is it changing in size? Have your p... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
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Broken arm bone: The humerus is the bone of the upper arm that goes from your shoulder to your elbow. A fracture is a break in the bone, which may or may not involve ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
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Triggering?: That is a common site of pain for trigger finger. If your finger is "catching" or getting stuck in a bent position, you should see a hand surgeon who... Read More
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Maybe trigger finger: It's hard to tell without knowing exactly where the pain is, but trigger fingers or arthritis cause what you are describing. See a hand surgeon who c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Very common: Caused by an injury to the bone at the end of the finger where the tendon attaches. Sometimes a piece of the bone is pulled off. If it happened rece... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
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Could be from wrist: The ulnar nerve can also be compressed or "pinched" at the wrist. This is not as common as the elbow, but does occur.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Possibly?: Don't have much info about what happened to you, but wrist sprains can take just as long (and sometimes longer) than broken bones to heal. There are ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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6-8 weeks: 6 to 8 weeks is the safe estimate, but can be affected by other factors like osteoporosis, medications, and the bone that is broken. For example, the... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
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Early Trigger finger: Sounds like the early stages of a trigger finger, before it starts to catch. See if you have a tender spot on your palm, at the base of your pinky wh... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Keep elbow straight: I agree, sounds like your ulnar nerve is getting pinched at your elbow. Try putting a pillow under your elbow when you sleep, avoid leaning your elbo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Cause?: It depends on the cause of the trembling. Pt/ot probably won't do much to improve tremors that are from a systemic neurologic condition (one that aff... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Elevation: If the swelling is related to an injury or surgery, the best way is to keep it elevated above the level of your heart so the swelling can "drain" out.... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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X-ray: The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. A finger with a small break or a breaks that isn't too badly out of place may not look too bad from... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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And some other things: I agree with dr. Suchecki, and would add that there are lots of things that an x-ray -won't- show, like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, cysts... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Let doctor know!: Most likely, the swelling has gone down causing the cast to be loose. It's probably okay to leave it like this until the doctor is back in the office... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Possibly arthritis: Common causes for what you're describing could be arthritis or gout. See a hand surgeon who can examine you and get an x-ray to see how to proceed. ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
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Maybe trigger finger: It's hard to tell without seeing you in person, but trigger fingers or arthritis cause what you are describing. See a hand surgeon who can examine yo... Read More

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Testimonials
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Dr. John Baldea
Nov 27, 2012
I have known Dr. Lin for at least 7 years, and would recommend her to anyone looking for an orthopaedist who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. She has a wonderful personality, is easil...Read More
Mar 4, 2013
Very good hand surgeon in metro Indianapolis area
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! She's seen one already. I just want to know what can i pass on her hand when massaging it?
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His doctor replaced his cast today. Thank you for the reply!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Purdue University
MD

Residency

Henry Ford Hospital

Residency

HENRY FORD HOSPITAL

Awards

Top 3 Research Presentations, Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Best Research Presentation, Henry Ford Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, Indiana - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Indiana University School of Medicine

Publications

Biomechanical Analysis of Knotless Flexor Tendon Repair Using Large Diameter Unidirectional Barbed Suture - Accepted
Kidney outcomes in long-term studies of ruboxistaurin for diabetic eye disease
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