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“My only regret is that I waited so long to see Dr. Concannon and have this fixed once and for all.”

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Posted June 02, 2010 in De Quervain's, pain, rock climb, surgery, tendons, without pain

De Quervain’s is a condition affecting the thumb side of the wrist. There are two tendons, the abductor pollicus longus and extensor pollicus brevus that pass through a tunnel on the thumb side of the wrist and are covered by a soft tissue layer called a synovium. With this condition, the tendons become swollen or irritated causing the lining around the tendons, the synovium, to swell. The result is pain with movement of the wrist and pain in the thumb. It is often brought on by repetitive motion and in rare cases by an acute injury.

Monica Harris reported to Dr. Concannon three years of pain and restricted motion in her left wrist. As Mrs. Harris is predominately left handed the condition limited many of the activites she enjoys. “My husband and I enjoy rock climbing and rappelling, activities that require constant use of your hands and you must be able to trust that your wrist and hands will hold your body weight as you climb. I could not climb safely or belay another climber as my movement was restricted due to severe pain.” Over the past three years, she tried occupational therapy, steriod injections and splinting. These conservative measures would provide temporary relief, but the symptoms persisted.

Dr. Concannon surgically released the tendon sheaths, allowing the tendons to glide smoothly and without pain. “For me, the best part of doing surgery with Dr. Concannon, aside from his many years of experience and his outstanding reputation as a hand specialist, was that the surgery was performed under local anesthetic. I had no adverse symptoms of anesthesia, such as nausea, after the surgery and since I was wide awake, I got to watch much of the procedure.” Not all patients choose to watch their procedures, but for that that wish to, it is an option.

“After surgery I was in a hard splint 24 hours a day for a week, and then I was free to use my wrist. I have since been climbing, without pain,” says Harris adding, “My only regret is that I waited so long to see Dr. Concannon and have this fixed once and for all.”