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Your Medical Evaluation

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To make a diagnosis, your surgeon will perform an evaluation that may include your medical history, a hand exam and tests such as X-rays or nerve tests.

He may ask about your general health and for details about any recent hand injuries. He may also want to know the kinds of tasks you perform on the job, since many hand injuries are work-related.

To pinpoint your problem, your surgeon will closely examine your hand for signs of infection, sensitive areas and places where function and movement are impaired.

Your hand's range of motion also will be tested.

To confirm a diagnosis, your surgeon may order X-rays, nerve tests or other imaging tests.

The nature of your surgery will determine whether you can go home the same day or will need to be admitted to the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta.