Sometimes when you have undergone several hand therapies and treatments that have done nothing to alleviate your pain and discomforts, you will need to see a hand surgeon. It may be that the problem is beyond the help you would normally get from therapy and other treatments. When it is necessary to have hand surgery to correct any problems that currently exist, you need to get prepared for your operation.
It is important for you to treat this type of treatment just like you would any other type of surgery. Surgery is an invasive procedure that involves opening up a portion of your body by way of incisions and fixing what the damaged component is. In the air there are millions of germs and bacteria that can cause some very serious complications outside of the sterile operating room. That is why it is ever so important for you to follow all of your hand surgeon's instructions before and after your surgery.
When you make your appointment, you need to do everything you can to minimize the amount of stress that you encounter until well after you have completely recovered and cured from your surgery. Stress leads to illness and ask any doctor in the world, a hand surgeon will not risk your life or his credentials and reputation by operating on you while you are fighting an infection. So if you get ill, notice a rash, have an attack of allergies or even have a minor cold in the weeks leading up to your surgery, let your hand surgeon know as soon as possible before your scheduled appointment. They can reschedule your operation for when you are feeling better. Remember, you can not recover or have a successful operation if you are already sick at the time of your procedure. You are more susceptible to other infections when your immune system is already compromised and this can cause some complications during and after your surgery. Some of these complications can make your recovery very uncomfortable or make your operation a disaster.
During your recovery, initially you may not be able to move or use your hand too much. You may have to wear a special bandage that is designed to minimize any movement of any or all of the joints in your hand, wrist and arm. Do not be alarmed, this is temporary and is necessary for your muscles to heal from the operation. If you were to try to use those muscles immediately after surgery, you will wind up seriously injuring yourself even further and causing more damage to your hand. Some which may not be repairable.
You may have to undergo a short bout of therapy to retrain your muscles how to work properly. Therapy will ensure that you are not doing strenuous activities that can delay your recovery. By taking your time and practicing as instructed any therapy treatments, you can expect to regain most of your hands function in a manner of a few months after you have a surgery. You will notice that you are no longer suffering or experiencing any discomforts like you were before you decided to have the surgery.