If you are facing the possibility of hand surgery, you obviously want the procedure done by a surgeon with the necessary skills to do it right while using the most effective methods. The question then becomes one of how to know whether or not your surgeon is among those who have the highest qualifications. Seeing a board-certified hand surgeon can eliminate the need to be concerned over whether or not you are getting a qualified doctor.
Not only is it important to have a board-certified doctor regardless of the field of specialty, but you especially want the best available if you are facing surgical procedures for your hand(s). Think for a moment about how we use our hands. If you have a job, you likely use your hands to make a living. Whether you use them for manual labor or something like pressing keys on a keyboard, you need your hands.
After work, you return home and use your hands to hug the kids or go out into the backyard for a game of catch. You come in afterwards and use your hands to eat dinner. The list can go on and on. The fact is we need our hands. Therefore, it stands to reason that you want a hand surgeon who is capable of doing the job in a way that maximizes your chances of getting the full use of your hands back.
Board-certified physicians must demonstrate that they are on top of their game when it comes to education, skill and experience. Doctors must be licensed in the state in which they plan to practice. Licensure does not mean the doctor is qualified as a specialist. That’s when you want to see if he or she is board-certified.
Depending on the area of specialty, doctors can become board-certified through one of 24 member boards that are part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. For doctors to become certified, they must not only have been trained at a qualified medical school followed by three to five years of residency, but they must also pass exams and be committed to a lifetime of learning in order to stay current with the latest medical developments. Board certification does not stop there. Certified doctors must demonstrate that they are following best practices when it comes to the safety of the patients, in addition to communication and ethics.
Seeking certification is voluntary on the part of the doctor. However, it should not be taken lightly. On the other hand, because it is voluntary, the act of going through the procedures to become certified in itself demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of the doctor.
If you are looking for a doctor that you can be assured is well-qualified, look no further than our board-certified surgeon at Arora Hand Surgery. Dr. Arora can be your guide to a better quality of life when it comes to your hands. Visit his office in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, or Macomb so that he can assess your condition and come up with a personalized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified hand surgeon.