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What is endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery?
During endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery, the transverse carpal is cut, releasing pressure on the median nerve.and relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, including include pain and discomfort. A small camera (endoscope) is guided through a small incision, allowing the surgeon to accurately identify the location.
What type of anesthesia is used for hand surgery?
There are three main types of anesthesia used in hand surgery. Local anesthesia is usually a small injection at the surgery site and the patient is usually fully awake. This method is also used for preventing excessive bleeding and as a pain reliever. Regional anesthesia is used to numb nerves and larger areas and is administered through a needle and/or IV, which might contain pain controllers. General anesthesia is when the patient is unconscious and does not feel anything during the procedure and can be administered through inhalation or IV.
What type of conditions does a hand surgeon treat?
Hand surgeons diagnose and treat conditions such as carpal tunnel, breaks, wrist pain, cuts and lacerations, and nearly any hand/wrist/forearm trauma. There can be surgical or non-surgical treatments and therapies.
What type of surgeon engages in hand surgery?
Hand surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the hand, wrist and forearms and can (and should) be Board certified. They are trained specifically in the anatomy of the hand and are the most experienced. Plastic surgeons are also capable of hand surgery, but that is usually for external and/or esthetic purposes only.
Hand surgeons deal primarily with issues of the hand, wrist and forearms, using both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Some hand surgeons are also experts at diagnosing and treating shoulder and elbow ailments and conditions.
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What type of specialized training does an orthopedic surgeon receive?
Orthopedic surgeons attend four years of medical school, then four to five years of orthopedic residency in a hospital. They must also be licensed and certified in orthopedic surgery by the state in which they practice.
Is an orthopedic doctor the same as an orthopedic surgeon?
The terms "orthopedic doctor" and "orthopedic surgeon" refer to the same profession. Related specialties include podiatrist, a doctor who works with the bones, tendons and ligaments in the feet, and a sports medicine physician, a doctor specially trained to treat athletes.
How much does it cost to see an orthopedic surgeon?
The cost of a visit to an orthopedic surgeon depends on the type of tests ordered and treatment given. For example, an MRI costs $500-$1,300. An initial consultation costs $100- $500, while anesthesia for a procedure generally ranges from $2,000-$4,000.
Overall, an orthopedic surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
What does an orthopedic appointment consist of?
During a consultation or first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, the practitioner will ask the patient a variety of questions to understand the situation. The surgeon might ask about the patient's pain levels, medical history, and any prior injuries. Then, the surgeon will administer a physical exam and possibly schedule tests to better understand the problem. Possible tests include a stress test, x-ray, or MRI.