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Your Healthy Family: Free hand surgery day, looking for a few more patients

Posted: 8:40 AM, Jan 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-22 10:49:42-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — In this Your Healthy Family, we are reminding you one last time, about a free hand surgery day coming up in Colorado Springs on February 29th, 2020 that still has a few spots open.

To see if you qualify for free hand surgery, contact Joshua Heermans with Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. You can call Joshua at 719-622-4546 or email him at JHeermans@csog.net

This event is put on by local orthopaedic surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand along with many local partners and serves people in Colorado who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and Medicare but can't afford insurance on their own.

Last Saturday January 18th, Dr. Jeffry Watson and Dr. Ky Kobayashi began screening patients. Pre-surgical appointments including x-rays and screening treatments as well any needed pathology and all post-op care, is free of charge.

So, think about if you, or someone you know has issues with their hands or fingers. Symptoms like fingers that lock, carpal tunnel syndrome that can cause numbness and pain, unexplained or painful lumps or growths and severe arthritis or an injury to the hand that hasn’t healed properly. If you or someone you know has any of those issues and they have *no insurance of any kind, this is a perfect opportunity to get a helping hand free of charge.

Dr Watson says, “Certainly the surgeons are doing the operations, but it takes so much more than just us to get things done. To take care of patients it takes a group of people. This year, anesthesiologists from UCHealth are volunteering their time again. Pathologists from Centrua are helping us out this year. Then there are the surgical teams and circulating nurses, the scrub techs, the staff in the preoperative holding area recovery area - it takes a lot of people to take care of people who need surgery.”

Dr. Larsen explains even that even a monumental amount of volunteers is not enough to put on a free hand surgery day. “It takes a whole community to make these surgeries come to fruition. We need a safe facility and the folks at the Orthopedic and Spine Center of Southern Colorado are again graciously giving up time and space to perform the surgeries. We need instruments and implants that are brought in and donated by a number of companies, that are truly donating the implants and the expertise of their people. If we had to purchase those things, this kind of free surgery day couldn’t happen.”

Again, they are looking for a few more patients.

To see if you qualify for free hand surgery, contact Joshua Heermans with Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. You can call Joshua at 719-622-4546 or email him at JHeermans@csog.net

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