Bones and joints
Hand and Wrist Surgery
Janet Archer, Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan (Shyam)
"Initial surgery was for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but Mr Shyamalan was concerned with the amount of arthritis in my left hand.
The procedure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was carried out under a local anaesthetic as an outpatient. The care given by both consultant and nurses was excellent, and the problems caused by the syndrome were alleviated. However the pain caused by the arthritis, especially in my thumb and wrist continued to be a problem. After X-ray Mr. Shyamalan suggested that Steroid injections may help the symptoms, which they did for a short time.
After explaining very carefully what he thought was the best course of action, Mr. Shyamalan carried out a Trapezectomy. I was prepared for the fact that I wouldn’t be able to use my hand, although I wasn’t quite prepared for how much I would be incapacitated – showering, dressing, eating were a problem for three or four weeks Physiotherapy and ice packs helped a lot, as did Ibrobrufin. I think that bruising caused a lot of pain and used Arnica to good effect.
Before surgery, I was not able to drive with any comfort and also my main hobbies of sewing and gardening were very painful and difficult – only able to carry them out for very short periods.
Now, I am 9 weeks post surgery and am back to sewing for short periods without pain. Mr Shyamalan suggested a drove an Automatic car, which I do now and I find it much easier.
I have not yet got very much strength in my hand and wrist, it is gradually improving and is definitely better. Because of the Arthritis I know that further surgery may be necessary, but I have not been given the negative opinion of my GP, which was “What do you expect at your age?”
Mr Shyamalan has throughout the 18 months I have been seeing him, has been very positive and caring. Also he has not treated me as an idiot and has explained all the procedures and possibilities in easily understood words. I will have no hesitation in going back to see him when the needs arise."