Recently, Andrew Simon, partner at Simon Associates Management Consultants which directs the inbound marketing activities for Westchester Health, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Westchester Health Pediatrics, had closed carpal tunnel surgery performed by Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD, a Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve Surgery specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group. Normally, the physicians of that practice blog on a variety of medical topics but this time, a patient has written his own blog about his surgery experience. In Andy’s own words:
So how come I decided to have carpal tunnel surgery?
First, I learned that excessive use of a typewriter or a computer do not cause carpal tunnel syndrome — that’s an old wives’ tale. I plead guilty to neither of the above. But I did have a classic symptom: at night I would wake up with numbness in my hands.
When I saw Dr. Syed Rahman, a pain management specialist also with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, he confirmed that I had moderate to severe carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand and a severe case in my right (I had surgery in my left hand today and my right in 3 weeks).
So here is what happened:
I was asked to come to the Surgery Center at 6:30 in the morning which, incidentally, is great for me. I checked in and the staff asked for my medical insurance. Then they asked me to confirm the type of procedure that was to be performed. I went into the pre-op area and had my blood pressure taken. Dr. Jacobson showed up on time and we reviewed the procedure. He proceeded to give me injections of local anesthetic to numb the area. I was then escorted into a state-of-the art operating room and two nurses prepared me for the procedure.
Dr. Jacobson performed the endoscope procedure in about 15 minutes. My wife drove me to the drugstore to pick up pain medication…which so far I have not used…and we were home by 9:30 a.m.
Here is what I have to say about the experience
While nobody likes to have surgery…even as simple as this…the experience was benign.
I am sitting at home, only a few hours after the procedure. There is no pain, I can shower. The only downside is that I have to stay out out of the gym for several weeks and I am afraid golf is on hiatus for a while.
If you’re having pain or numbness in your hands or wrists, see an orthopedic specialist. It may be carpal tunnel syndrome
So if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or think you might, get it checked out and have it taken care of. Take it from me, it’s worth it. Of course, I recommend having the surgery by Dr. Jacobson with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Not only does he perform carpal tunnel surgery all the time, but he’s an expert at closed surgery (which I had on my left hand), open surgery (which I’ll have on my right), and endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery, a highly specialized procedure that should only be performed by a surgeon with significant experience doing it.
If you’d like Dr. Jacobson’s opinion of your condition and whether or not surgery might be a good option for you, give Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine a call. To make an appointment, click on the red bar below.