PATIENT CENTER / RESOURCES

NEW PATIENTS


To schedule a new patient appointment, please call our office at 214.347.7800. To maximize efficiency, new patient appointments are scheduled only via phone, during normal office hours. Our providers understand the importance of seeing acute injuries quickly, so we will make every effort to prioritize your needs to schedule you with one of our providers in a timely fashion.

Once your appointment has been scheduled, we encourage you to register for our patient portal, which will allow you to check in online one week prior to your appointment. Through our patient portal check-in feature, you can enter your complete medical history online prior to your appointment in lieu of our multi-page paper form on the day of your appointment.

ESTABLISHED PATIENTS


If you have an upcoming appointment and would like to update any of your medical history information and/or medications, please access your patient portal using the link above, log in with the email address and password you used to create your account, click on your upcoming appointment date on the home screen, and update all applicable sections.

If you do not receive the registration invitation email, or if you have difficulty during registration or with the completion of your online form, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you. Please be advised that if you arrive for your appointment without completing the registration form online, you may be asked to reschedule.

BEFORE YOUR SURGERY

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AFTER YOUR SURGERY

Pain Management Information

Pain Management Information


After surgery, your provider will keep in close contact and make every effort to control any pain you may experience. While one should expect to feel some discomfort, advancements in pain control have made great strides in managing and relieving pain. Many types of medicines exist to alleviate post-surgical pain — including opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and local anesthetics.

In order to effectively manage any pain, our providers will take into account several factors that are unique to you and your situation. It is important for you to openly discuss fears and expectations with your provider, as well as any past experiences with pain medication or anesthesia.

Prior to your scheduled procedure, the anesthesiologist will control any pain with IV pain medication. Immediately following your procedure, the surgeon will inject the surgical site with a long-acting anesthetic medication to ease post-surgical pain, or you may have a longer acting block placed by the anesthesiologist.

After discharge, patients are encouraged take a short-term course of anti-inflammatories on a scheduled daily basis to provide a longer acting pain control regimen. In addition, post-operative patients may be provided with a narcotic medication to take as needed for breakthrough pain. THAC recommends this treatment for two-plus days, or until the postoperative pain subsides. While this is a standard practice for postoperative pain management, pain protocols are specific for each patient. If you have discussed a postoperative protocol that is different from that listed above with your provider, please adhere to your specific plan. The providers and staff at Texas Hand and Arm Center are readily available to answer any questions or concerns.

Note: These documents are in PDF, which helps us keep the document in its intended format. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader application (which is used to download and read PDF files), you may download it by clicking here.

More information regarding conditions of the hand, wrist, and upper extremity may be found at www.assh.org. – the website of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.