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Choosing a hand surgeon

Australia does not have a formal training program for hand surgery, and the Medical Council and Royal College do not recognise it as a separate surgical specialty. This will undoubtedly change at some point in the future.

Currently, any surgeon can operate on the hand, but their interest and knowledge of hand surgery will vary enormously.

The points below will guide you towards an appropriately trained surgeon:

You might also check their philosophy is clearly stated, and suits you.

It's OK to bring a list of questions, and expect them all to be answered before you leave.

Questions to ask about hand surgery