Dr. Avery Arora, MD discusses what a hand surgeon may ask you if you are considering surgery and what questions you should ask your hand surgeon.
When you go in for a hand surgery consultation, it is extremely important for the patient to be honest and open with the doctor regarding their health. While the exact questions may differ depending on the type of procedure and the reason for the procedure, the types of questions will generally have a number of similarities.
What types of questions will the doctor ask?
For example, the doctor will want to know if you have any other medical conditions, if you are going through any other medical treatments at the time, and if you have ever had any other surgeries. They want to know if you have any known drug allergies, as well as what medications you may be taking currently. They need to make sure that there is nothing that will interfere with the surgery. In addition to prescription and over the counter drugs, you need to let them know about tobacco use, alcohol and other drugs, as these could have an effect on whether you are a good candidate for surgery or not.