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What is Office-Based Hand Surgery?

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from Fox 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Hands and wrists are subject to a variety of problems that result in pain, weakness or numbness. Thanks to a new technique, three doctors in Grand Rapids are fixing those problems quicker — and cheaper — than ever before.

It’s called office-based hand surgery, and during the procedure, the patient is wide awake.

Normally, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand, you would go to a hospital, undergo a number of tests, get put under anesthesia, and pay thousands of dollars for treatment.

Office-based hand surgery is not only cheaper, it’s safer and saves time.

Ryan Ganzevoort underwent hand surgery two weeks ago at Spectrum Health Medical Group. When he found the procedure took less than 10 minutes in the doctor’s office, it was a no-brainer, he says.

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5 Ways You Can Ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery

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from the Cleveland Clinic

Does the thumb side of your hand feel like it’s going to sleep — that weak, numb, pins-and-needles feeling — for no apparent reason? You may suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

The good news is that there are a number of methods you can try at home to ease your pain. And if those don’t work, surgery can be a highly effective treatment.

What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition that affects the hand and wrist, says hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgeon William Seitz, MD.

“Symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain, usually in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand,” Dr. Seitz says.

Carpel tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand through a narrow space called the carpel tunnel, is compressed or pinched, Dr. Seitz says.

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WATCH: Zion Harvey, 1st child to receive double-hand transplant, throws 1st pitch at Orioles game

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from NJ.com

The doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia truly are amazing and the latest example caused a standing ovation at Tuesday night’s Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. Prior to the game, nine-year-old Zion Harvey threw out the first pitch to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

While a nine-year-old throwing out the first pitch would be a fun story on its own, Harvey’s path to that moment made it special.

Roughly one year ago, Harvey—a Maryland resident—became the first child in history to undergo successful bilateral hand transplant surgery at CHOP in Philadelphia. When Harvey was two, he developed an infection that led to his hands and feet amputated. Years later, the doctors at CHOP helped remake his life and what happened in Baltimore on Tuesday night possible.

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3 types of anesthesia

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Having surgery or a procedure? This means that you will receive some type of anesthesia. Anesthesia helps control pain during a surgery or procedure by using a medicine called anesthetics. It can help control breathing, blood pressure, blood flow, and heart rate and rhythm.

The type of anesthesia you receive depends on the type of surgery/procedure, length of procedure, your health, and the preference of you and your doctors. Here are three different types of anesthesia:

  1. General anesthesia: Patient is unconscious and feels nothing. Patient receives medicine by breathing it or through an IV.
  2. Local anesthesia: Patient is wide awake during surgery. Medicine is injected to numb a small area.
  3. Regional anesthesia: Patient is awake, and parts of the body are asleep. Medicine is injected.

There are pros and cons to these different types of anesthesia. Some types can result in less pain afterward or a faster recovery. Your hand surgeon and anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits of anesthesia prior to your surgery. Learn about this topic and more at www.HandCare.org.

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How to search for a hand surgeon

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The Find a Hand Surgeon search tool on www.HandCare.org is the best way to find the top hand surgeons in the U.S. and overseas. This tool includes thousands of surgeons, all of whom are members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the oldest and most prestigious hand surgery society. All of our active surgeon members are board-certified. Search by location (city or state or zip code) or search for a specific doctor that you may be familiar with. You can view the results on a Google map to see which surgeons are near you.

Why visit a hand surgeon?

Hand surgeons do much more than perform surgery. They can treat you for minor injuries such as a sprained wrist or jammed finger, or give you options for conditions such as carpal tunnel or trigger finger. Even if you’re simply experiencing pain in your hands, visiting a hand surgeon is the best option.

Visit www.HandCare.org to learn about conditions and injuries of the upper extremity.

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What to expect at a hand surgery consultation

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Dr. Avery Arora, MD discusses what a hand surgeon may ask you if you are considering surgery and what questions you should ask your hand surgeon.


When you go in for a hand surgery consultation, it is extremely important for the patient to be honest and open with the doctor regarding their health. While the exact questions may differ depending on the type of procedure and the reason for the procedure, the types of questions will generally have a number of similarities.

What types of questions will the doctor ask?

For example, the doctor will want to know if you have any other medical conditions, if you are going through any other medical treatments at the time, and if you have ever had any other surgeries. They want to know if you have any known drug allergies, as well as what medications you may be taking currently. They need to make sure that there is nothing that will interfere with the surgery. In addition to prescription and over the counter drugs, you need to let them know about tobacco use, alcohol and other drugs, as these could have an effect on whether you are a good candidate for surgery or not.

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