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Before undergoing hand surgery, or any other kind of surgery, it’s important to do your research so you can get an idea of what you are about to experience. They can be helpful in more ways than one, whether you are looking for advice on how to speed up the healing process, want to see what the experts in the field are saying, or you want to know how long surgeries similar to yours have lasted and what their success rates are. This information can be extremely beneficial, as undergoing any kind of surgery is no light matter. Invest some time in your health, and check out these medical blogs.

American Society for the Surgery of the Hand

The king of all hand care sites, ASSH is definitely number one on my list. The site provides so many resources for anyone looking to gather more information on the field. The most resourceful feature is their “Conditions And Injuries” guide. When you click into it, it provides you with 92 different hand conditions and injuries for you to learn more about. Within each page, it gives a description of the condition, causes, symptoms, treatments, surgeries related, and recovery times. They also feature videos and figures to help demonstrate. It’s obvious that a lot of time and dedication went into the development of this resource, and it’s the perfect site to utilize before your surgery.

ASSH Blog

The American Society for the Surgery of the Hand also has its own blog, accessible by their main site. There are discussions on this blog centered around standard hand pain and the symptoms that go along with it to help people identify the cause of the pain they may be experiencing. The best part of the blog is that every post that has been published is archived along the right-hand side, so you have the flexibility to check previous ones to exceed your knowledge.

JHS Focus

The Journal of Hand Surgery also produces its own version of a blog through their journal. They developed the site JHS Focus to feature some of the content that they had been producing in that journal. The purpose of the journal is it allows a way for hand surgeons to share knowledge, opinions, and any developments within the industry. There are many different categories to choose from, including advocacy, career paths, and education, so there is something for everyone.

Dr. Arnold Peter Weiss is the R. Scot Sellers Scholar of Hand Surgery; Chief of Hand Surgery; Vice Chairman & Professor, Brown University.