When Denise Pieri embarked on removing skirting boards as part of a DIY project, she didn’t bargain for a splinter leading to an operation at Spire Hartswood Hospital. Denise, from Brentwood in Essex, is a DIY enthusiast and not afraid to tackle projects that would lead many of us to ‘call a carpenter’.
"Mr Sood is a plastic surgeon as well as a hand surgeon, which meant that he was also concerned to give me the best possible cosmetic result with minimal scarring"
Realising that the splinter had penetrated quite deeply into her little finger, Denise initially sought advice from a local minor injury clinic. She was advised to wait and see if the splinter would ‘find its own way out’. Denise didn’t feel comfortable with this uncertainty and sought further advice from her GP, who recommended her to Manu Sood, consultant plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. An ultrasound scan of Denise’s finger showed the embedded splinter. Mr Sood advised that it needed to be removed to prevent permanent damage to the finger, which might result in impaired function.
Denise, who works as a logistics manager for a leading supermarket chain, used her private medical insurance to fund the consultation and local anaesthetic surgery to remove the splinter a few days later.
After the procedure, Denise was advised to keep the finger dry while it healed. Unfortunately, this meant cancelling a spa weekend which she had planned with her partner. “That was a small price to pay for the reassurance of speedy and expert treatment” commented Denise. “After a few weeks, my finger has healed well and is fully functional. Mr Sood is a plastic surgeon as well as a hand surgeon, which meant that he was also concerned to give me the best possible cosmetic result with minimal scarring. It may be a while before I tackle a DIY job again though!”