There are a variety of reasons surgery is required on the hands. Syndromes like Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel may require surgery, as well as injuries and other conditions that cause damage to tendons, nerves, bones and other structures of the hand. When you find yourself needing a hand surgeon, it can be a nerve-wracking situation. Finding the most qualified hand surgeon is vital and can ease your mind, too.
If you’ve ever seen the acronym ‘FACS’ behind a physician’s name and wondered what it meant, you’re not alone. FACS stands for Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and it indicates that the doctor has passed a rigorous evaluation of their professional competence, qualifications, ethical fitness and education. When you find a hand surgeon with FACS behind his or her name, you know they’ve undergone intensive vetting and practice standards.
The human hand is a complicated and vitally important instrument. Any surgeon who operates on the hand should have specific training. A hand surgeon has vast knowledge in the anatomy, conditions and problems associated with the hand. Treating with a hand surgeon who has had specialized training performing surgeries in this area increases the likelihood of a successful outcome. All Midwest Hand Surgery surgeons have an additional year of focused hand surgery training in addition to the traditional surgery residencies.
When you are evaluating your options for hand surgery, take note of the physician’s facility. Do they have on-site surgical suites? Do they have access to the equipment necessary to thoroughly evaluate your condition, like imaging equipment? Do they have support staff, like occupational therapists, to support your surgical recovery?
When evaluating whether a surgeon is the best choice for your hand surgery, make sure you research these important criteria first. The Midwest Hand Surgery team is ready to help with your hand and wrist conditions. Give us a call at (630) 359-6888 or click here to request an appointment.
There are many injuries hand specialists encounter, and they tend to vary by sport.
The hand is a complex system of 27 bones, tendons, arteries, veins, nerves and muscles. A broken hand should be addressed by a hand specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treating with a hand surgeon who has had specialized training performing surgeries in this area increases the likelihood of a successful outcome.