Harry Kiteboards 3 Weeks After Dr. Bruce Steinberg Performs Carpal Tunnel and Elbow Surgery

Watch Harry Andrews kiteboard 3 weeks from his surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome.

– Harry Andrews

Dr. Steinberg Uses Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Releases to Treat Hand Pain and Tingling in the Fingers

James Petragnani believed that the tingling, pain and lack of function he was experiencing in his hands was the same bursitis that other family members had suffered. He assumed that nothing could be done to ease his discomfort or help with the ability to use his hands. “While I could fall asleep, I found myself waking up in the middle of the night with a tingling feeling in my hands. I’d move my hand around to try and make the feeling go away. Finally I would fall back asleep, but the disruption was taking a toll on me.” His wife also noticed that he was using his hands differently, and he seemed limited in his coordination. Mr. Petragnani explains that the ultimate test for him was when he could no longer click his fingers. “It may sound silly, but for me, when I could no longer make that motion, I realized I needed to see if there wasn’t something that could be done.”

Having undergone surgery for his knee while living elsewhere, Mr. Petragnani knew how important it was to find a doctor that is an expert in the field. He was new to town at the time, so he asked his daughter, who is in the medical field in Jacksonville, if she had any recommendations. She told him, that unquestionably, he needed to be seen at the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute. Further, a friend who is a physical therapist suggested that he schedule an appointment with Bruce Steinberg, M.D., because of his reputation as an expert in problems from the fingertips to the shoulder.

Upon examination and testing, Dr. Steinberg diagnosed Mr. Petragnani with carpal tunnel syndrome. “Dr. Steinberg was very clear in his description of my problem and the procedure. He took the time to make a drawing of the hand and wrist, which was helpful to me as I tend to catch on much quicker with the use of pictures.” Mr. Petragnani was comforted to know that Dr. Steinberg routinely performs endoscopic carpal tunnel releases. “When you have a medical problem, especially one that requires surgery, you want to find someone who has performed the operation hundreds of times and has seen every variation. There was no question in my mind that Dr. Steinberg was just that person.”

Mr. Petragnani also appreciated that Dr. Steinberg was upfront about what he could expect post-operatively. “I was well-prepared for what I would experience immediately after the operation and into the future.” Dr. Steinberg preformed a right-sided endoscopic carpal tunnel release and a right index finger trigger digit release. Mr. Petragnani could not be more pleased with his surgery. “While Dr. Steinberg prescribed pain medication for after the surgery, I only took one pill. In my mind, that speaks to his extraordinary skill as a surgeon.” He goes on to say that he has obtained a very large portion of his functionality back and that has full mechanical ability to use his hands comfortably. Mr. Petragnani sleeps comfortably and can perform everyday tasks as he could in the past.

“I encourage others to carefully research their doctors. Find someone who has dealt with your kinds of issues on a daily basis, and most importantly, continuously achieves success in treatment. For me, Dr. Steinberg fulfilled that role in treating my carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger problems.”

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– James Petragnani

Dr. Gary Bowers Selected This Skilled Orthopedic Surgeon for His Carpal Tunnel Surgery

As a well-regarded general surgeon here in Jacksonville, Gary Bowers, M.D., knows the importance of having the most expert person possible operating on you. “I knew that with a skilled surgeon who was able to perform the surgery endoscopically, which would mean a smaller incision, I would have a good outcome and relatively quick recovery. My advice to anyone who is having symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is to get a consultation. There’s no need to suffer with numbness, tingling, or pain, especially when the endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a relatively easy surgery from which to recover.” Many years ago, Dr. Bowers suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms in his right wrist, but admits that he let it linger for too long prior to seeking treatment. “When it got to the point where it felt like a hot poker in my wrist, I knew I needed to tend to it.” At that point, because the condition had persisted so long, performing the surgery endoscopically was not an option. He had the surgery and did not have any problems with his outcome, although he does have a several inch long scar extending from his palm down his wrist.

Seven years later, Dr. Bowers began waking up in the middle of the night with numbness in his left hand. “I was immediately cognizant of what was happening because I had been down that road before and knew where it was going to end. With the history of my right hand, it was not going to resolve on its own and was going to get worse. I decided that this time, I would not wait to have the surgery. I figured if I took care of it sooner rather than later, it would be able to be done endoscopically, which would mean a quicker and easier recovery than an open carpal tunnel release.”

Earlier Dr. Bowers had been asked by a friend, who also suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome, who she should consult for her condition. He asked colleagues, and Bruce Steinberg, M.D., expert in upper extremities, was mentioned time and again. He referred his friend, and she had a good experience. “A short time later, when I decided I needed to move forward with my left side, I again asked the people in the ORs who they would go to if they needed this surgery. As before, Dr. Steinberg’s name was mentioned repeatedly.” He met with Dr. Steinberg, who suggested that Dr. Bowers first undergo a nerve conduction test. “He wasn’t hard-sell in any way, nor was he quick to want to operate. He was very matter-of-fact, wanting to ensure an accurate diagnosis and most appropriate course of action.”

Dr. Steinberg did, in fact, diagnose Dr. Bowers with carpal tunnel syndrome and determined that an endoscopic carpal tunnel release was the best option. He performed the surgery on Dr. Bowers’ left side, with complete success.

Dr. Bowers says that he is happy to continue to recommend Dr. Steinberg. “My experience with him was extremely positive. I found him to be easy-going, yet at the same time professional and knowledgeable. While my livelihood is dependent upon my ability to use my hands, I would encourage anyone who is having pain or functionality issues with their upper extremities to meet with Dr. Steinberg.”

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– Dr. Gary Bowers