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susanarana
2 years ago
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Hand numbness and tingling

Do i have to see my primary care physician to get a referral to a hand surgeon or plastic surgeon. I'm pretty sure i have carpal tunnel as well as problem with the ulnar nerve.

Procedure: Hand Surgery
Location: Hamilton, OH

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John Newton
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Susan, it is always a good idea to see your primary care doctor first. It keeps them in the loop and they will know whom you should see. John

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. This will dependent on the exact insurance plan you have - HMO, PPP, PPO. Talk to your insurance company, they will give you the best advice.

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Robert Buchanan
ASPS Surgeon
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The only thing that makes seeing your primary physician first necessary is your insurance company's requirements. If they do not require it, see a hand surgeon of your choice.

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