My visit to the hand surgeon at the VA

Dingle VA Center Detroit

Another good visit. On Monday, Aug 4 I had a consultation with a orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gersel, at the Dingle VA Center in Detroit. I ended up being seen by one of his associates. No biggie.

As usual it went well. My complaint was that my right hand thumb mechanism (joint) had degraded to the point that it is causing me some chronic pain and discomfort. And for me it is a major annoyance because I am right handed. A few years back I had my left hand reworked for a similar problem and they eliminated the base joint. It was very successful and it looks like the same will happen here. We viewed the x-rays taken a week earlier together and while I am not a medical specialist it was visually apparent that there were some structural defects and anomalies. It was a comfort to me , and surprising also, that during our conversation and eval that he expressed the same advise that was given to me in the past by my previous orthopedic doctor. He said that surgery was a last resort but when the pain of the surgery is less than the every day pain then it is time to get it done. After my initial exam he did get me a shot of Cortizone in the joint to ease the pain for now. [ And let me tell you this! It stung like heck! I actually was questioning whether it was a good idea. ]  He actually ordered a set of x-rays on the left hand to see exactly what the previous surgeon had accomplished so successfully. I have a followup in November to figure out when to get it done. If I have an issue with it before then I will be seeing him earlier. That was cool.

Once I left there I made the best of my trip downtown and headed down the hall to get the x-rays done of my left hand the doc ordered. They weren’t registered yet so since I also needed  to do a full blood workup and since I followed the instructions and fasted from midnight on I went ahead to the Vampire Lab to let them poke me and do their thing. It actually went quickly. A bit of a wait, because they are always busy, but all in all it went quickly And by that time, 11 AMish, I was starving! So back up to x-ray, where they now had the work order,  and I was done! Excellent! All before noon.

I made a quick exit and headed for the nearest fast food emporium! Done! Done! And Done!