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Surgery is recommended for many conditions and injuries of the hand, wrist or arm. The most common conditions that require an operation include lacerations, fractures, arthritic joints and congenital hand defects. Most surgeries are performed as an outpatient.
Our surgeons and physical and occupational therapists coordinate treatment plans to provide adult and pediatric patients with the best chance at full recovery.
After your initial consultation and to prepare you for the anesthesia and surgical process, a pre-operative anesthesia evaluation will be scheduled and conducted by phone or in-person. You can use this appointment to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
Before your procedure, our surgeons and anesthesiologists will review your case and answer any additional questions you may have before the procedure. You may receive a mild sedative prior to anesthesia to help ease any anxiety.
The type of procedure performed will depend on the location and severity of the injury or break. Common surgical procedures include:
Patients are taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), or recovery room, post-surgery. A PACU nurse will review the surgeon's post-operative instructions for medication and rest and send you home with a printed copy.
A two-week follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you prior to discharge, and you'll receive a check-in call about your progress within one day after your procedure. Your follow-up appointment may involve x-rays or stitch removal.
For most hand procedures, recovery can vary between a week or two to several months. If you receive injections as part of your treatment plan, it can take up to a week for pain relief.
If you currently see a primary care physician at MetroHealth, they can enter a referral directly into our system. A referring physician outside of MetroHealth can call the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at 216-778-4263 (HAND) and place a referral. Patients can also call this number themselves to schedule a consultation.