Who should see a Hand Surgeon?
Any person who has sustained an injury or has a condition affecting the hand and upper limb may benefit from seeing one of our hand surgeons. Our hand surgeons are experienced Orthopaedic Surgeons with further subspecialisation and training in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery through fellowship training. They can provide advice regarding diagnosis, conservative management strategies and surgery suitable for your condition.
Why see a Hand Surgeon?
The hand is a unique body part, made up of small bones and joints, intricate ligaments, tendons and muscles, fine nerves and blood vessels as well as a skin that is durable but sensitive. A qualified hand surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat all problems related to these different structures in the hand, wrist, and upper limb. They receive surgical training including microsurgery to handle and perform precision surgery to the fine and delicate structures in the hand. In addition to their postgraduate surgical qualification as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand Surgeons also receive specialised additional training in the treatment of hand problems and microsurgery technique. Common problems treated include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, wrist pain, sports injuries of the hand and wrist, fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm, and trigger fingers. Other problems treated by hand surgeons include arthritis, nerve and tendon injuries, amputation and congenital hand and upper limb differences (birth defects).
What are the clinic hours?
Each surgeon has their own clinic hours. Generally the clinic is open Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) from 9am to 6pm in Subang Jaya Medical Centre and on certain days and hours in Ara Damansara Medical Centre. Click here for more detail.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. You can be seen without a referral from your general practitioner.
However, some private insurance schemes require that you get a referral from your family doctor or general practitioner to make an appointment. Without a referral you will be unable to claim back from your private health insurer.
What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?
If available, please bring along the following:
- Referral letter from general practitioner or other doctor
- Private Insurance card or detail (Membership number)
- Medical reports or information from previous treatments
- X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans
- List of any allergies
- List of medications with doses
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with respect for your privacy and in accordance with the relevant legislation.
Will I need surgery for my problems?
Not every visit to a hand surgeon results in hand surgery. Our hand surgeons often recommend non-operative treatment options, including hand exercises, splint and therapy to reduce or eliminate pain and restore movement of the hand. If these non-surgical treatments fail, only then will surgery be advocated.
What happens if I need surgery?
Each surgeon will discuss with you the risks and benefits of any surgical procedure. If you have any specific questions regarding your surgery, it is important you have these answered, well in advance of your surgery. Please contact the surgeon if you have any questions prior to your surgery.
Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
Getting a full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. Pre-operative (before surgery) exercise and education, as well as post-operative (after surgery) rehabilitation and physical therapy will help you tremendously by ensuring you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximise your recovery after surgery.
However, not everyone needs physical therapy after surgery. Your surgeon will monitor and decide if you need the physical therapy before and after surgery depending on your condition and the type of surgery.