Frequently Asked Questions2018-02-15T15:13:23-07:00

Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information.

When can I begin to exercise after surgery?2013-08-05T18:17:04-07:00

All patients are encouraged to be walking the day of the operation. Most patients can return to some level of physical activity within 24 hours after the operation. Dr. Wilson will be happy to discuss the details of your situation with you individually prior to any surgical procedures being performed. He has an extensive post-operative instruction sheet providing valuable information to his patients to aid their recovery.

When can I go back to work?2013-08-05T18:17:20-07:00

The length of time for recuperation after hand surgery operations varies depending upon the type of procedure performed. Most patients return to work within 3-5 days for minor procedures and up to 2 weeks for major operations. This can vary since some patients return to light duty the next day while others require many weeks or
months if no light duty is available. Dr. Wilson discusses the return to work expectation with each patient so that you may plan accordingly.

Do I have to go to the hospital for my operation?2018-02-15T15:13:24-07:00

No. Dr. Wilson performs his operations at either Willamette Surgery Center or Northbank Surgery Center in Salem, Oregon. This allows for highly personalized care in a pleasant and efficient outpatient surgery setting. The cost is usually much less than an operation in a hospital. Those patients who prefer a hospital setting may have their procedures done at Silverton Hospital.

What kind of anesthesia is used?2013-08-05T18:17:47-07:00

The majority of the hand surgery operations can be performed by regional or local anesthesia. This means that most patients requiring hand surgery do not have to be put to sleep and undergo a general anesthetic. This way, you may go home the same day without the effects of a general anesthetic. Patients who are anxious may receive sedation to help them relax. Dr. Wilson performs many operations using only local anesthetic (like dentists use in their offices).