Patient Stories for Hand and Wrist

Expert hand surgery and hope get Ray back to a normal life after tragedy

Ray Eshelman works in his garden
While cutting the last piece of PVC pipe he needed to complete his hydroponic growing system, Ray Eshelman lost control of his mitre saw. The blade caught his right hand and cut it severely. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph A. Buckwalter V, MD, worked late into the night to save the hand, which had almost been cut off completely.

Ultrasound diagnosis saves Julie from weeks of unnecessary pain after thumb injury

While bowling with friends, Julie Lensing slipped and fell on her left hand. A trip to the emergency room at a community hospital confirmed that she hadn’t fractured any bones. But the pain and swelling only got worse, and she couldn’t grip anything with her left hand.

After quick diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Christopher is riding his bike again

Christopher Wise riding his bike
An avid cyclist for 11 years, Christopher Wise had to stop enjoying his daily ride to work after he lost feeling and strength in his right hand and couldn’t grip the handlebar anymore. It wasn’t until Christopher visited University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a different issue that he learned he had carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in which the nerve that provides feeling to the hand gets squeezed and stops functioning properly.

Orthopedic surgery team reattaches man’s arm after chainsaw accident

Stephen Boeding
In October 2016, Stephen Boeding was trimming a tree branch in his yard when the unexpected happened.

In good hands

Linda Ayers
When severe cases of osteoarthritis in both of her thumbs made even the simplest of tasks painful, Linda took immediate action – first to see her own doctor and then to consider surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.