Hand and Wrist

Bone and Joint Institute - Hand and Wrist Services

The hand surgeons at Penn State Hershey are orthopaedic and plastic surgeons who specialize in the intricacies of surgery of the hand and wrist.  They understand that your hands are some of your most important tools for living.  When a problem or disease affects your hand, care must be given to all of the different types of tissues that allow the hand to function as it does.  If your hand is injured or damaged due to illness, the team of hand care professionals at Penn State Hershey will do their best to restore the function of your hands.

Services include treatment of hand and upper extremity dysfunction that arise from arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, or lupus), traumatic conditions such as wounds or fractures, nerve and tendon difficulties including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, tumors, post traumatic and Dupuytren’s contracture, and congenital abnormalities.

A multidisciplinary approach including surgeons, rheumatologists, musculoskeletal radiologists and therapists is the foundation of care for patients requiring the services of this program. 

Appointments or referrals can be made directly by calling Penn State Hershey Bone & Joint Institute at 717-531-5638 or Careline at 717-531-6955 or 800-243-1455. 

If you are a physician making a referral, you may call Penn State MD Network at 717-531-5880 or 800-233-4082.

You will find world class orthopaedic care at any of the locations listed below. To schedule an appointment, call the location nearest you.


Hospital Admissions and Billing

While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive.

How am I admitted to the hospital?

Patients are pre-admitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis.

Where do I go the day of my surgery?

On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room.

What do I need to bring with me to the Admissions Office?

Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.

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