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Do hand surgeons put in hand implants or replace joints if you have really bad arthritis in the hand or fingers?

Yes: Depends on age, activity level and which finger, how many fingers and which joint. Fusion is generally a more durable treatment and more useful for certain joints but replacement is a option for others.Generally in an arthritic hand with multiple joints both are used. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand surgeon?

What is the definition or description of: hand surgeon?

Hand Surgeon:: A hand surgeon deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity (commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder) including injury and infection. Hand surgery may be practiced by graduates of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery and it is preferrable to see a fellowship trained hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Where can I go to find a hand surgeon?

Go to ASSH.org: http://www.assh.org/public/pages/handsurgeons.aspx this link will take you to a page where you can find a hand surgeon near you who is board certified in the hand surgery. ...Read more

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My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

Unusual: This is unusual and could represent a medical disease, adverse medical reaction to antibiotics or other reaction. It is important to discuss with your care provider. ...Read more

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Surgeon with trembling hands any good?

Surgeon with trembling hands any good?

May be very good: This is just another variable, if the tremor is mild, and dissapears when he performs volitonal activities, like surgery he has done for 5-10 years, the tremors mean nothing. The 10, 000 h. Rule (malcom gladwell) is a better indicator of performance. ...Read more

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Who would go to a surgeon whose hands shake?

Who would go to a surgeon whose hands shake?

Hands shake: Not sure if the shaking is yours or the surgeon. I would kinda hesitate if it was the surgeon who is going to operate on me. ...Read more

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During amputation of a hand, what do surgeons do to prevent from losing too much blood?

During amputation of a hand, what do surgeons do to prevent from losing too much blood?

Tourniquet: Just like first-aid classes, they use a pneumatic tourniquet until the vessels are under control. ...Read more

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I had wrist arthroscopy several days ago and the hand/wrist surgeon found shredded ligaments. What are the options as a result of this finding?

I had wrist arthroscopy several days ago and the hand/wrist surgeon found shredded ligaments. What are the options as a result of this finding?

Wrist ligaments vary: In their importance and function. At times findings seen arthroscopicaly may not be relevant to wrsit function, while at others they are vitally important. Ask your surgeon about thi and the discussion regarding opotins should follow. The condition of cartilage, arthritis and surrounding tissues is equally important as are your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can regular ortho doctors fix broken fingers just as well, or do I need a hand surgeon?

Can regular ortho doctors fix broken fingers just as well, or do I need a hand surgeon?

Yes: Ortho docs are cable (and often interested) in treating hand fractures, most of which can be treated without surgery. However, there are specific hand fracture types that are best treated by an experienced hand surgeon, such as pip joint fracture-dislocations, displaced collateral ligament avulsion fractures and complex fracture-dislocations of the thumb. ...Read more

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