Carpal tunnel surgery that's failed

Hi, my dad is near 80 years old & is a retired railroad driver. He had Carpal tunnel surgery a good while back but it left him knarled.

So approximately 2 years ago he had another surgery. He suffers from Parkinson's & uses a cane. He still has difficult use of right hand & especially ring finger.

Yesterday he went to Dr & was told basically there are 2 options> 1> another surgery but doubt that will help right ring finger OR 2> amputate right ring finger. My dad desperately wants more mobility & is contemplating right ring finger amputation but I really think there must be some other answer.

Please respond.

Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Cindy.

Sorry to hear about your dad. And, including age, he's in a pretty complex (health) situation.

Cutting off a finger isn't going to help anything, in my humble opinion. And just because it doesn't work very well??? Why not take off the whole hand then?

And no, I suspect another carpal tunnel surgery won't help. Because it's incredibly unlikely that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the problem in the first place. CERTAINLY not how the Doctors and surgeons think it is.

Doing more cutting on an 75+ year old body...not something that seems like a good idea.

Plus, the Parkinson's. Which I'm just guessing that the doctors aren't doing anything to effectively fix/diminish.


1. Does your father have any issue with constipation?

2. Has he had his Vitamin D level checked? If so, what is it?

3. What is he doing nutritionally?

4. Is he stooped over/hunched forward/forward neck at all? I'm guessing yes.

Let's start there.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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