Your hands are vitally important for nearly every activity you perform each day, whether it’s applying makeup, doing the dishes, using a keyboard or driving a car. When you need surgery, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. There are a number of factors to consider – with that in mind, here’s how to choose a hand surgery center, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center in Tampa, Florida.
What is a Hand Surgery Center?
There are two possible definitions for a hand surgery center. This first is an actual ambulatory surgery center (ASC). The second is a facility devoted to the diagnosis, management and treatment of different hand and wrist conditions. The Florida Hand Center falls into the second category. Although we do perform minimally invasive procedures in our facility, it is a different level of care than you would expect at an ASC or outpatient surgery center.
Why a Hand Surgery Center?
The hand and wrist are incredibly complex; even minor problems can have a significant impact on your quality of life, especially if the problem is in your dominant hand. Arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and soft tissue injuries can leave lasting deformities and disability if not correctly diagnosed and treated. At a hand surgery center, you’ll see doctors who specialize in conditions of the hand and wrist. Experience with procedures means better outcomes (the old “practice makes perfect” line definitely applies here).
Benefits of a Hand Surgery Center
A specialized center is easier to use compared to outpatient surgery centers or hospitals. A typical hospital is large and complex, difficult to navigate and confusing. A hand surgery center is more likely to be located on a single floor and have only a few dedicated areas for care. Hand surgery centers don’t perform emergencies, so you are unlikely to experience delays in care or be “bumped.” Your risk of infection is less than in a hospital and the cost is also lower. We also have multiple services. including phsical therapy, under one roof.
How to Choose a Hand Surgery Center
When you’re ready to make a choice, consider the following factors:
- Orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the hand and wrist have the necessary training and experience to diagnose, manage and treat your problem.
- Beyond the basics of medical school and residency, look for a surgeon who completed a fellowship (which means additional specialized training over a period of one or more years) and for board certification in the specialty.
- No matter how expert the surgeon, the patient-doctor relationship is a big factor in quality of care and your satisfaction. Look for a surgeon who communicates well, answers your questions thoroughly and with whom you can make a connection.
- Don’t forget to check your insurance – many plans limit you to doctors with whom they have formal agreements (Florida Hand Center accepts over 700 types of insurance).
If you have hand or wrist problems like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact us. We can answer any questions and schedule you for an assessment.