386-788-HAND

(386-788-4263)

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

If you have any questions regarding your medical condition please see below the most commonly asked questions.  However, if you do not see the answer here please don’t hesitate to contact us on (386) 788 4263.

 

 

 

 

 

Our most frequently asked questions

Why should I visit a hand surgeon?
A qualified hand surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat surgical and non-surgical problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. Hand surgeons have received specialized additional training in the treatment of hand problems beyond their board specialty training. Our hand surgeons are either board certified (Drs. Clancy and Eathiraju) or board eligible (Dr. Henry).  Dr. Clancy has an additional Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery.

What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring any records and x-rays, CTs, and MRIs pertaining to your problem, as well as your current list of medications, allergies, and past medical history. You should also bring a goverment-issued photo ID and your insurance cards. It is also helpful to bring any splints that you may have used, so the doctor can make sure these are appropriate for your problem.

Will I have surgery on the day that I first see the doctor?
In most cases, the answer is NO. The hand surgeon must first see you in consultation and evaluate your problem, as well as go over the various treatment options that are available for your particular problem. If the doctor determines that you have an urgent or emergent need for surgery, then you very well may have surgery that day. Most of the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, but sometimes you may need to be admitted to the hospital. The doctor will explain what needs to be done in your particular case.

Why do I have to go to a Hand Therapist?
Not everyone that has a hand problem needs to see a hand therapist. However, hand therapy may be necessary to decrease pain and improve range of motion, desensitize and strengthen your hand, and teach you exercises to do at home to improve your condition. The hand therapist may even make a specialized splint for you, depending on the needs of your condition.

Hand therapists may be occupational or physical therapists who have had additional training and continuing education. Most hand therapists work very closely with hand surgeons, so that as a team we can return you to a productive lifestyle as efficiently as possible.

How do I safely remove a ring?

  • Put Windex, liquid soap or some light oil on your finger and ring. 
  • Elevate your hand over your head for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger, in addition to lubricating the finger as above.
  • You can wrap the finger from the fingertip to the ring snugly with Coban wrap and leave in place for the 5-10 minutes that you are elevating and icing.
  • Remove the Coban and attempt to slide the ring off with the lubricant of your choice.
  • If this fails you may need the ring to be cut with a ring cutter, which may be found in Fire Departments, Emergency Departments and many Jewelry Stores.
 

Orange City Office

2777 Enterprise Road, Suite 1
Orange City, FL 32763
(situated in the Florida Health Care building)
Tel : (386) 218-4920
Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm

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Port Orange Office

3635 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste 900
Port Orange, FL 32129
(situated in the Surgery Center of Volusia Building)
Tel : (386) 788-4263
Fax: (386) 788-0679
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Society Memberships
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association

Palm Coast Office

315 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Suite 4,
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(situated in the Florida Health Care Plans building)
Tel : (386) 246-3063

Mondays 8.00 am - 3.15 pm
Society Memberships
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society
  • Volusia County Medical
    Society
  • University of Florida Hand Fellows' Alumni Association

Edgewater Office

239 N. Ridgewood Ave, Suite 1
Edgewater, FL 32132
(situated in the Bert Fish Medical Center - Edgewater building)
Tel : (386) 410-4972

Wednesdays 8.00 am - 3.00 pm
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