Twice a month, our expert physicians and health care professionals from throughout our system will join the Hawaii News Now Sunrise team to share important and helpful medical information and wellness tips.
Dr. Jennifer King, a pediatric sports medicine physician at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, kicked off the new “Healthier Hawaii” segment with an appearance Aug. 30, 2017, during which she talked about the issue of concussions and shared tips for returning safely to the game.
Dr. Scott Crawford, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with Straub Medical Center. A former NCAA athlete and team physician for the University of Hawaii Warriors football team, Crawford covered the topic of hip injuries in young athletes during the “Healthier Hawaii” segment on Hawaii News Now Sept. 13, 2017.
Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery Provides Maximum Results
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which provides motor function and sensation to parts of the hand. When treatments such as wearing a brace, modifying activities and occupational therapy do not provide relief, surgery is considered.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a type of minimally invasive surgery in which a tiny instrument with a camera attached is inserted into a small incision at the wrist. This camera lets the surgeon see the inside of the wrist and release the transverse carpal ligament without creating a large cut.
Pictured: Dr. Alyssa Carnegie examines a patient to assess if he is a candidate for endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Similar to joint replacements of the knee and hip, an ankle replacement involves removal of the damaged portions of the ankle joint and implantation of metal components that have specially designed, durable plastic inserted between them.
If arthritis symptoms are severe and persist to the point where they are interfering with a patient’s daily activities, ankle replacement may be the best option to relieve discomfort.
Ankle replacement surgery takes a few hours to complete, and patients are usually able to go home the same day of their procedure, or the following morning.
Pictured: Dr. Daniel Judd examines a patient's ankle to make sure everything is in proper working order.