Bone & Joint offers office-based hand surgery
Dr. Michael Dolan
By Michael Dolan, M.D.
It’s 9 a.m. Monday morning, and you have just shut your finger in a car door. It would be safe to say that you are probably freaking out at this moment. The first instinct that many of us would have is to go straight to the emergency room ...
Office-based hand surgery is exactly what it sounds like: performing hand surgery procedures in the actual office. These procedures can be done safely and painlessly in the same room that one would be seen for a routine clinic visit.
Why would I want to do that?
- Convenience: Anyone who has been to an emergency room knows what a hassle it can be to sit in the large waiting room. We are available most mornings and are willing to work in new injuries as soon as possible. If you are a candidate, we will fix your injury immediately, and then you are done.
- Efficiency: We will not order an army of unnecessary tests. In most cases, a few simple X-rays are all that will be required.
- Cost: This is where the patient really benefits. By avoiding the emergency room, you have just saved an enormous amount of money from not walking through those doors. If you have a procedure done in the office, we will not have to involve an anesthesiologist or another facility, which would normally bill for their services.
What procedures are we currently doing in the office?
- Crushed finger tips, including fingers shut in doors or smashed in a machine.
- Nailbed injuries, such as a hematoma (blood) under the fingernail, which can cause permanent fingernail change.
- Dupuytrens contracture, which is an inherited condition where the palm contracts and draws the fingers down. It often requires a surgical release.
- Finger infections, which often require a simple incision and drainage.
- Simple lacerations, which can be evaluated and often fixed in the office.
So, the next time you smash your finger, give us a call first. Chances are we can get you in the office and get you fixed during the same visit.