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Howard Memorial Hospital Offers Cutting Edge Carpal Tunnel Surgical Technique



Date: July 21, 2011

Contact: Darcy De Leon
Director, Marketing & HR

Willits, CA

- A Chicago film crew came to document Howard Memorial Hospital's orthopedic surgeon, William Bowen, MD, perform the MANOS technique in a live surgery. MANOS, a carpal tunnel release system developed by Thayer, a privately held company based in San Francisco, CA, is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in 10 minutes. The incision is only 2.1 mm, and has a one to two week recovery time, compared to the potential six weeks needed for full recovery from traditional carpal tunnel surgery. This innovative procedure was first performed at HMH and it is the only hospital north of Santa Rosa to offer this service.

"We are so pleased to be able to offer this breakthrough technology to our community," Terry Hansen, HMH president said. "Patients do not need to leave Willits to reap the benefits of the latest technological advances in medicine."

"We look for only the most qualified physicians to work with and train on the MANOS technique," David Undercoffler, Thayer Representative said. "It is a pleasure to work with surgeons who make such an astounding difference in the lives and daily activities of the people who choose to undergo the MANOS technique by relieving patients of their Carpal Tunnel symptoms."

All three of HMH's orthopedic surgeons have been trained in this innovative surgical procedure, and presently there are only 150 MANOS trained surgeons nationally.

"I'd had the traditional carpal tunnel surgery done on my right hand about 11 months ago," Ginger, an HMH patient sharing her testimony about the MANOS technique said. "I needed surgery done on my left hand and learned of the new technique that could be used. The tingling in my left hand was gone instantly. I would recommend this procedure to anybody. It's the greatest thing!"