What is it
The hand surgery team also includes the figure of the psychologist.
Clinical experience has highlighted the relevance of experiences in relation to a traumatic event that affects a body district so important in daily life in terms of independence and social impact.
Psychological counselling is aimed at patients affected by both traumas and children with congenital malformation.
The intense emotions experienced by patients and their relatives are decisive factors for the possibility of following the therapeutic protocol and thus obtaining optimal results.
In most situations, the trauma that affects the hand is a sudden event that interrupts the normal course of life of the individual.
The normal emotions experienced by people are anger, sadness, anxiety for a difficult situation and sometimes for the uncertainty of the results. The desire is always to bring the situation back as it was before the traumatic event, however, this is not always possible. For the patient, then, the difficult task of accepting a new situation arises, which sometimes has repercussions on autonomy, the role of work, social and affective life.
The psychologist accompanies patients in this path through periodic interviews and research strategies suitable for the individual. In the event of congenital malformation of the hand, the newborn’s host family is faced with an unexpected and painful situation.
In most situations, prenatal diagnosis is not yet possible and parents become aware of the problem at birth. From the first moments of a child’s life, therefore, it is important to move in the direction of giving the child all the possibilities to improve his condition and to be able to make the best use of his hand.
Parents have to decide what to do: rely on a team, choose whether to proceed surgically (sometimes even with several surgical procedures), follow the physiotherapy protocol indicated. All tasks are emotionally and physically demanding.
It is therefore important to have a professional space in which parents are welcomed the emotions they experience in relation to the child, the malformed hand and the perspectives proposed by the care team.
To do this, the psychologist meets the family in interviews that follow the visits with the surgeon and, involving both parents and the child, offers a less markedly medical space in which to raise doubts, perplexity, questions and emotions.