Expectations After Hand Surgery [Video]
Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series
About the video: What to expect after Hand Surgery?
Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ hand specialists Blake Hildahl, M.D. and Debra Parisi, M.D. discuss the expectations after hand surgery.
Meet Dr. Blake Hildahl
Dr. Hildahl’s approach: “No operation should be carried out unless absolutely necessary… nor should a surgeon operate unless he would undergo the same operation himself in similar circumstances.” — Joan Hunter
Dr. Hildahl’s background: Dr. Hildahl completed the majority of his medical training throughout Wisconsin. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Following his residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he completed the Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Meet Dr. Debra Parisi
Dr. Parisi’s approach: “Injuries to your hand, wrist and elbow are very disruptive. After figuring out what’s going on I’ll tailor a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and allows you to get back to essential activities and the activities you love to do.”
Dr. Parisi’s background: Dr. Parisi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Duke University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she continued onto Medical School at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. In medical school, Dr. Parisi reasoned that cardiology or radiology would complement her engineering background. She completed her Residency at New York University, Hospital for Joint Diseases. Following medical school and residency, Dr. Parisi completed a fellowship focused on surgery for upper extremity conditions.
Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise
The function of our hands integrates through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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So after hand surgery can be variable. But, typically, you’re going to go back and see the surgeon or the PA and kind of just make sure everything’s healing well. But the protocols for after surgery are very complex, based upon what we do in the OR. If we’ve done soft tissue procedures, in most cases, you’ll have a brief period of immobilization just to allow the trauma from the surgery to calm down. And that’s going to be seven to 10 days. And then after that, we’re usually going to have you begin moving your hand, using your hand, as normally as possible. After fracture fixation, we typically want to keep you immobilized a little bit longer, to make sure that the bone is healing before we have you moving and using your hand normally. And so, that would typically require some period of bracing. Anywhere from three to six weeks.
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Upper extremity surgeon Dr. Parisi guides you through a conversation you should have with your hand surgeon.
Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series