American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
2 years ago

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

Replies 3

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

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.

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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