At Melbourne Hand Surgery we respect and appreciate ePatients. We hope that our website resources and eCommunication help you to be equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equal, emancipated and expert. The resources on this website are provided as an adjunct to your treatment by Melbourne Hand Surgery, and we hope that you will find them useful in becoming equipped to manage your symptoms, enabled to make choices about your hand condition and engaged in your own care.
The best hand surgery outcomes occur with a successful partnership between a patient, a surgeon and a hand therapist. A successful partnership requires trust, communication, collaboration and mutual respect. There may be times when you are advised to wear a splint, or when you are advised to perform certain exercises. Sometimes wearing a splint is mandatory, sometimes it is for your comfort only. Sometimes exercises are to be done gently and occasionally, other times they are to be done as often as you can. Some types of pain are a sign that you should contact your doctor or therapist; other types of pain are fine to push through. We know that you want your hand to get better as quickly as possible, and that you will be in the best position to make sensible choices and decisions about what to do (or what not to do) if you know why we have recommended a certain exercise, splint or therapy.
If you have any suggestions or feedback about how we can improve our resources and explanations please let us know - and thanks for reading!