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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a hand surgeon? 
An orthopedic surgeon is a physician who specializes in treating the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons of the musculoskeletal system. A hand fellowship trained surgeon has additional fellowship training in the treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. 
 
How is carpal tunnel treated when a patient has the condition in both hands? 
If needed, it is possible to address both hands in one operation. Operating on both hands during the same operation does not typically have any effect upon recovery time, but can increase the discomfort and pain experienced after surgery. We will be happy to discuss this option with you, should you feel it is appropriate.  
 
What is the average recovery time for someone undergoing wrist surgery? 
The recovery time of wrist surgery will vary depending on the patient and the type of surgery you have. Minor surgeries can have recovery times of two to three weeks. However, more invasive surgeries will have longer recovery times. The average recovery time for most types of surgery is six to eight weeks.
 
Can I go home immediately after my surgery? 
Each patient’s recovery time will vary, however many patients can go home the same day as their procedure. It is important to have a healthy family member or friend available to drive you home and to help take care of you during your initial days of recovery.   
 
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