NOTE: An update to this post is available here.
This year I had six cutting-edge surgeries done on my right hand and arm, all at the same time, by the ever-amazing and wonderfully talented Dr. William B. Ericson of Seattle, WA, USA.
The surgeries I had are listed below:
- Right thumb CMC Joint Arthroplasty with FCR tendon transfer
- Lateral Humeral Epicondylectomy
- Carpectomy of the pisiform
- Neurolysis of proximal medial and radial nerves
- Tenotomy of pronator teres and common extensor fascia
- Capsulodesis of the wrist
To explain what these are and why I needed them, please watch the video below. Bear with the length, these surgeries are complex and I am trying my best to explain them in a way everyone can understand:
Dr. Ericson’s chart is available for viewing in larger format here.
Dr. Ericson’s paper on dual oblique incisions for proximal median nerve entrapment is available for viewing in larger format here.
Photos of arm and hand a couple days after surgery (mind you, I look all healed now):
Dr. William B. Ericson
The Ericson Hand and Nerve Center
6100 219th Street SW, Ste 540
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Phone: (425) 776-4444
Fax: (425) 272-2730
Dr. Ericson is an award winning orthopedic hand surgeon with a special interest in painful conditions that do not show on standard diagnostic tests, including joint instability and peripheral nerve problems. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from MIT with a thesis on collagen and elastin, and then graduated from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery, and is in private practice in the Seattle area, with a large number of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome patients in his practice. He has developed a unique and highly successful approach to treating upper extremity pain and weakness in this patient population.
Dr. Ericson belongs over 20 specialty societies and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, who awarded him the Jules Tinel MD Award in 2009 for his work in this area. He was the Chief of Hand Surgery at Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA from 1994 until 2005, and he is a past-President of the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association.