Patient Success Stories
Radial Nerve Surgery Gets Carpenter Quickly Back to His Passions
The condition: As a self-employed master carpenter and cabinetmaker, Terry S. needs the full use of his hands and arms. When pain in his right elbow and forearm started to affect his work, Terry tried physical therapy, but when that didn’t work, he sought the advice of a surgeon. The first surgeon Terry consulted diagnosed tendinitis and recommended surgery that would entail eight weeks of recuperation. Terry was alarmed about spending that much time away from his business. Moreover, as an open-water swimmer with a big charity event just a couple of months away, he wanted to get back to normal as soon as possible. A friend recommended Dr. Lunt at Danbury Orthopedics. Dr. Lunt felt the affected area and did strength testing, which was not part of the original doctor’s examination. To him it very evident that the cause wasn’t tendinitis, but nerve impingement, referred to as “radial tunnel syndrome.”
The treatment: Dr. Lunt began by trying the least invasive approach, in this case, cortisone injections. The injections worked well, but the benefits were short-lived. With the symptoms recurring, Dr. Lunt recommended radial tunnel release surgery for long-term relief. But, unlike tendon surgery, the nerve release surgery required just a couple of weeks of recovery. In addition, the surgery took place in Danbury Orthopedics’ own surgical suite, which streamlined scheduling and the whole procedure.
The result: Dr. Lunt took photos of the procedure. Terry was shocked when he saw how compressed the nerve was inside the tunnel. He returned to work after one week, and by week two could begin picking up materials. At the end of two full weeks, Terry was in full swing both in his workshop and in the pool. According to Terry, “Dr. Lunt is aces. He saved me weeks of recuperation, which allowed me to keep my business running and also enabled me to participate in the annual Swim Across America with my daughters.” At Danbury Orthopedics, we believe nothing equals having your complete health, and we strive to get our patients back to fulfilling their passions as quickly and completely as possible.
Hand Surgery Alleviates Cellist’s Arthritis
The condition: Franz Ryerson has been performing on the cello all her life and has worked with generations of young musicians. Her active schedule included teaching five public school orchestras and tuning dozens of violins and cellos each day. However, the last five years were filled with pain due to arthritis in both her thumbs, and it was interfering with Franz’s ability to play the music she loved. She tried cortisone shots, but they didn’t alleviate the terrible pain. A fellow cellist who had very successful surgery with Dr. Lunt, recommended that Franz see the doctor to see what he could do to help.
The treatment: Dr. Lunt took a staged approach to Franz’s case. An attempt was made to alleviate the pain and disability without surgery, but the arthritis continued. Finally, surgery was suggested for the left hand and Dr. Lunt had his office create a brace for the right thumb so that Franz could get full use of both hands. After the initial round of surgery, Franz had just over three months of physical therapy to ensure full movement and thumb strength. Franz’s next step is to schedule surgery for the right hand.
The result: Ask Franz about her thumb and she will say, “It’s been wonderful! I don’t have any pain at all!” Not only is Franz thrilled with her results, she has become a huge fan of Dr. Lunt. “I can’t say enough about the Hand Center at Danbury Orthopedics and Dr. Lunt. I’ve seen him with patients and his bedside manner is something you rarely see these days. I felt great with him.” Franz also appreciated having a certified hand therapist in the same building so that she could piggyback appointments and have the two medical professionals work closely together. Now Franz is making plans to have Dr. Lunt operate on her right thumb. In fact, she’s spoken about Dr. Lunt so much, her sister -- a violinist who lives right near some of the finest hospitals on the west coast -- is thinking about making it a family affair and flying in to have her own hand surgery at the same time as Franz’s.
Strongman Gets Impressive Results for Torn Pectoral Muscle
The condition: Fitness and strength are what Matt Mills is all about. As a competitive power lifter and strongman, Matt needs to be in prime physical condition. When Matt completely ruptured his pectoral muscle, he consulted a number of doctors. All said they had never seen an injury so severe and all doubted that Matt could ever fully regain his strength or mobility—vital components to Matt’s success in competitions.
The treatment: In July 2011 Matt turned to Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, sports medicine specialist and knee and shoulder surgeon, for pectoralis major repair to reattach the muscle. "Matt sustained a complete rupture of his pectoralis major muscle. This is a devastating injury for a professional weight lifter. Given his high athletic level, we decided that urgent surgical repair would be in his best interest to maximize his function."
The result: After surgery, Matt quickly regained his mobility and flexibility. Matt’s strength had completely returned in less than seven months. By January 2012, Matt was able to re-enter competition. Matt couldn't wait to share his good news with Danbury Orthopedics: "Thanks to the amazing work Dr. Ciminiello performed, I took home first place at the Bigg Strongg Dogg Winter Strongman Challenge. I highly recommend Dr. Ciminiello as an orthopedic surgeon." Although we can’t guarantee all our patients will be able to pull 650-pound sleds, duckwalk with 400 pounds on their backs, do a 250-pound key run, or deadlift 450 pounds, we are extremely proud of Matt’s results and impressed with his continued commitment to his passion. If seeing is believing, we invite you to take a look.
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