Q: After trigger thumb surgery I experienced poor after care from my orthopedic doctor, what can be done?
I had trigger thumb surgery on my left thumb on 10/07/20 and post-op visit on 10/27/20. During post-op my stitches were removed by the nurse and the doctor only told me to "open and close" my hand for recovery. During the post-op appointment everything was rushed and the Dr. only consulted with me only for a few minutes and left the room. I asked the nurse, "is there anymore instructional exercises that I could be given to assist with my recovery?" and she replied: "no, that's all he said to do."
I began the recovery exercise at home (open and closing my hand) and found it very painful and difficult to do as my hand still had scabbing on the surgical site. Over the course of two weeks my hand and fingers had swollen and I saw no progress in recovery. I called the Dr.'s office and made an appointment on 11/17/20 for the issues I was experiencing. I explained to the Dr. my hand swelling and in a very nasty tone he began to tell me that I hadn't been doing the exercises. *Lack of care
A: A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your post-surgery ordeal. You have the right to seek an evaluation with another medical professional. As a starting point, you could consult with your insurance carrier as to coverage for such a consult. You could then have your hand and the symptoms you describe evaluated more closely. Good luck
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