Most hand surgery procedures are accomplished with the patient returning home the same day.
You will be instructed to arrive at the surgical facility an hour or more prior to your scheduled procedure. After registration at the facility you will be escorted to the pre operative holding area where the staff will help you prepare for surgery.
Your anesthesiologist will review your medical history, discuss the anesthesia plan and answer your questions. Surgery of the hand is often able to be performed comfortably and safely with IV sedation and local anesthesia. Regional nerve blocks can also be utilized for more extensive procedures and provide post operative pain relief without the need for general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will also visit with you in the pre operative area to review your medical history, confirm the procedure plan and site and to provide an opportunity answer any further questions. The surgical consent will be reviewed again with you and the surgeon will mark the surgical site as part of the routine safety measures.