Chronically hurting hands make life truly difficult. Picking up objects, texting friends and loved ones, dialing the phone, holding a toothbrush, buttoning a button, eating with a spoon or a fork, turning doorknobs, and getting dressed all become difficult or impossible.
If you are experiencing hand pain, swelling, and/or stiffness, and have limited hand function, then you are probably motivated to find a solution before it becomes a permanent disability. The good news is that hand surgery today is often minimally invasive and outpatient, so you are likely to get most or all of your hand function back with minimal disruption.
Let’s talk about how you can find the best hand surgeon in Miami Lakes and Plantation, so you can start enjoying life again.
What Does a Hand Surgeon Do?
Hand surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the hand, wrist, and arm. They treat everything from trigger finger to carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis, nerve entrapment syndromes, and complex hand or wrist fractures.
What to Look For in a Hand Surgeon
Below is a breakdown of some key things you should be looking for in a hand surgeon:
- Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or the American Board of Surgery.
- Experience treating your particular hand issue, or performing the type of hand surgery you need. To find out this information, you will need to ask the hand surgeon during your consultation, or read about their background and reviews on their website.
- Fellowship training in a subspecialty relating to hand surgery and hand treatments, and a high success rate with patients.
- Access to the latest and best medical technology and treatments, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, speeds up the process of healing injuries to the ligaments or tendons in the upper extremities.
- Excellent bedside manner, so you feel comfortable when speaking with them. The hand surgeon should fully listen to your concerns and be very willing and able to clear up any confusion. Many patients who require hand surgery are dealing with severe hand pain or disability, so the doctor should be understanding and empathetic about what you are going through.
- On-site testing and scanning services. If a hand surgeon’s office has medical imaging tests available on-site, it is very convenient for patients not to have to go to another facility for a scan.
Top Hand Surgeon in Miami Lakes and Plantation, FL
If you are looking for a board-certified and fellowship-trained hand surgeon in the Miami Lakes and Plantation area, Dr. Tosca Kinchelow at The Orthopaedic Hand and Arm Center is here for you. Dr. Kinchelow has years of successful experience in helping her patients gain restore hand function as quickly and completely as possible.