Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are you a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon?

Dr. Terence Tay is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon by the National Specialist Register (NSR) and also fully trained and qualified hand surgeon.

Do you only treat hands?

Dr. Terence treats all orthopaedic problems including sports medicine, spine, foot/ankle, hip and knee etc. His specialty is in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, which includes the wrist, elbow and shoulder area.

Why visit a hand surgeon?

If you have problem in your fingers, hand or wrist, or have any other upper extremity related concerns, you may want to consult a hand surgeon. Because hand surgeons are specialists in hand care, they are very meticulous in examining, diagnosing and treating any condition of the hand.

Does every visit to a hand surgeon always result in surgery?

Hand surgeons often recommend conservative treatment options, including hand therapy, a combination of physical and occupational therapy to reduce or eliminate pain and restore movement of the hand. If non surgical treatment fails, only surgery is advocated.

Will the injection of cortisone to alleviate inflammation cause weight gain?

This is one of the many myths of cortisone and patients should understand that only high dose intravenous or oral steroids (cortisone-like substances) would cause side effects such as weight gain, hair growth or blood sugar elevation. A small injection in a joint or around a tendon sheath will not cause any significant side effects unless applied inappropriately or excessively.

Can I have surgery on both hands at the same time?

In most elective cases, it is best to stage the surgeries 3-4 weeks apart as that allows the patient to have one hand free without a dressing and with good strength as the operated hand recovers. Occasionally, bilateral hand surgery is performed when a patient travels a great distance to have this performed and a 2nd visit would be difficult.

What is the recovery time for most procedures?

Hand surgery can entail as simple a procedure as a carpal tunnel release or trigger finger release which would allow immediate near full use of the hand, or as complicated as a wrist laceration involving all tendons and nerves which can take up to a year for an adequate functional recovery.

Do you have an on-site surgical facility?

Yes, our operating theatre is fully equipped to handle any complex hand cases under local anaesthesia, regional or general anaesthesia. Most of the hand surgery does not require an overnight hospital stay, therefore patients may go home after the procedure.

Do all surgeries require general anaesthesia?

Hand and upper extremity surgery rarely requires general anaesthesia and most procedures can be done under local and regional anaesthesia. This means you will feel absolutely no pain or discomfort and intravenous sedation will also help you relax or even sleep if you desire.

What are your office hours?

Our hand centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am a 5.00pm, Saturday morning 8.00am to 1.00pm although if the emergency occurs after office hours or during public holiday/ weekend, you can contact us directly and we will provide you the accurate instructions to manage your hand problem. Instead of going to a hospital emergency room and possibly waiting for hours to be treated by an on-call doctor who may or may not be trained in hand and microsurgery, you will definitely benefit from involving Dr. Terence Tay in your care right away. Inform us your hand problem and you will be directed to our nearest facilities or hospital.

Extended hours are available on Mondays till Wednesdays from 6.00pm until 9:00pm. Appointments are always appreciated.

What hospital are you affiliated with?

Apart from Alpha Hand Surgery Centre, Dr Terence is also practicing in Tropicana Medical Centre. Please visit for his clinic hours.

by Hand Clinic Malaysia