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Arora Hand Surgery

Do I need a referral before I can see the hand doctor?
It depends on what type of insurance you have. If your insurance requires a referral before you can see our specialist, contact your primary care provider.

Which insurances do you accept?
We accept most forms of insurance, but contact your insurance provider beforehand to verify eligibility.

Will you send results of my tests to my primary care physician?
We will work hand in hand with you and your primary care physician to ensure the most optimal, realistic, achievable, and comprehensive results.

What kind of elbow, wrist, or hand therapy will I need after surgery?
Dr. Arora considers therapy to be an essential part of recovery in most treatment plans, and we have a hand therapist on staff here who can help patients regain hand strength and function.

While some surgeries have minimal downtime and require very little therapy, others will require therapy for several weeks or even years, such as in the case of replantation.

Hand therapy helps patients regain maximum use of their hands after injury, surgery, or the onset of disease. Treatment is provided by a hand therapist, someone who is first trained as an occupational therapist and then receives additional training in hand therapy.

Hand therapists teach exercises, apply different modalities, and create custom splints to help the hand heal and protect it from additional injury.

Dr. Arora will discuss which exercises are most ideal in your situation.

What are EMG testing and nerve conduction studies? Are they painful? Should I be worried?
Electromyographies (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are diagnostic tests that are performed in order to assess the health of muscles and motor neurons. Motor neurons are the nerves that are responsible for the muscles’ contractions, and damaged or dysfunctional motor neurons can cause health conditions like muscle and nerve disorders.

During the exam, we will monitor the electrical activity that occurs within the muscles at rest and when the muscles are slightly contracted. EMG tests measure the electrical activity within the muscles and can help physicians diagnose any potential problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission, nerve dysfunction, and/or muscle dysfunction.

This diagnostic procedure is performed by placing surface electrodes or inserting needle electrodes in various locations on your body. You may experience a mild twinge or spasm as the electrode delivers an electrical current to the designated area. You may be asked to contract your muscles during the procedure so the physician can monitor the electrical activity generated in your muscles during movement and at rest.

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What are casts made of?
Casts are typically made of plaster or fiberglass to form the hard, supportive outer layer. Fiberglass is lighter, more durable, and breathes better than plaster, but plaster is less expensive and shapes better than fiberglass.
Both materials are dipped in water to start the setting process. Most casts also have a soft lining of cotton or similar material for padding underneath the hard material.

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What is the difference between a brace and a splint?
To make a long story short, a brace is used for a longer term in order to treat a chronic condition or injury, while splints are meant for short-term usage.

Braces are often recommended for those who have experienced a sprain or tear with the occasional means of rehabilitating from a fracture. Splints, on the other hand, are often used to assist the recovery of a bone fracture as well as to help treat sprains.

However, both braces and splints may be applied during a first aid emergency.

What is the difference between an MRI and a CT scan?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. By utilizing a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy, an MRI can create digital imaging of the structures and systems within the body. MRIs are commonly performed to locate and identify a variety of concerns such as an injury, tumor, infection, and more.

CT scan, which is sometimes referred to as a CAT scan, stands for computerized tomography scan. It consolidates various images taken from a standard X-ray and utilizes computer processing to establish cross-sectional imaging of numerous structures within the body including the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissue.

Both can reveal more information about your body than a standard X-ray can.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

L B.