Hand surgeons are doctors with specialized training to provide comprehensive care of the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder. Injuries to the hand and upper extremity are very common. They can occur in all age groups and may require anything from simple physical therapy to complex reconstructive surgery. Diseases of the hand are also common. Including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and many more Hand surgeons have extensive training above and beyond other physicians to dignose and treat a wide variety of conditions. The term hand surgeon is actually somewhat misleading because we don’t just work on hands.
And we don’t just do surgery. We treat multiple different hand and upper extremity problems whether there are fractures or sprains, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, arthritis conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Degenerative arthritis hand surgery probably has been voted of having the widest variety of procedures training to become a hand surgeon, is very extensive. I mean, after college, you have to go to medical school, of course. and then follow a path of either doing general surgery, plastic surgery, or orthopedic surgery. And following that, subspecialize by doing a fellowship in surgery of the hand.
They have had the additional training they have the surgical skill and knowledge to treat the different conditions for upper extremities. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the preiminent organization devoted to the specialty of hand surgery. If your doctors a member of the Hand Society, then you know they will offer you state of the art care. That is the most current and be trained in the most current techniques You actually have to be reviewed to get accepted into the society. you have to have a separate board certification for hand surgery.
You are required to truly demonstrate that you have acquire the knowledge to be an expert in the field of hand surgery. Benefits are outstanding for us as members Not only do we get educational opportunities but we also get access to research that is done through the society and also a place that you can go and talk to other members about patients in your practice. The society for Surgery of the Hand really started during World War II When Dr. Sterling Bunnell set up training centers in the army.
And the results were remarkable Dr.Bunnell decided to have a reunioin of all of the hand surgeons and that turned out to be the first meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. It’s an organization dedicated to the promotion of hand surgery as a specialty including improving education of hand surgeons but also educating the public in the field of hand surgery If you suffer from an injury or disease affecting the hand, arm, or shoulder a qualified hand surgeon can offer you state of the art evaluation and treatment.