We spent today screening patients for surgery. All the patients have had leprosy treated with multidrug regimens and are not acutely infectious but have ongoing neural symptoms with both muscle and protective sensation loss. These stem from ongoing reactive inflammation associated with residual bacteria in the nerves after successful medical treatment
If left untreated, they go on to deformity and auto amputation. The American Society for Peripheral Nerve Surgery along with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand have teamed together with the Damien Foundation to offer these patients timely surgery to stop or reverse the devastating deformities and amputations associated the worsening neuropathies.
Top left: Arrival at Guayaquil baggage claim
Top right: Colonel Sanders ice cream stand at airport
Middle left: Arrival at Courtyard Marriot
Bottom: Guayaquil at night
In B&B with driver (Dr Marilyn J Ray)
Dr Wilton directing traffic
Dr Wilton with osteopathy students including daughter Shannon
Harry our “black belt” protector
Merrimack College Rostro de Christo group we’ll be supported by for part of mission
The Valley Regional Alumni
Dave our translator and photographer
Starting upper left Dr Marilyn Ray driver to Boston.
upper right: Dr Wilton supervising equipment checking at Logan.
Middle left Dr Wilton talking with osteopathy students including his daughter Shannon.
Middle right: our black belt protector Harry Charashe
Lower middle left: Rostro de Christo group from Merrimack College helping at Damien House in Guayaquil
lower middle left: Valley Regional Hospital Alumni including Jen Martin
Bottom:our Translator David Gutierez
I Hand surgeon and board certified hand therapist Cindy Weinberger
next up: Dr James Wilton, Director of Damien Project to Equador 2017
Middle: Cheryl and Megan
2nd from top: medical equipment
top: Getting blogging help from Ann Griffing
Working on posting images primo to trip.
Packing for trip Getting all excited. Will be doing decompression nerve surgery in patients who have been cured of leprosy.
Have been partially funded by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and they have suggested a blog to share our experience with the friends and the general public.
Dr Jim Wilton has examined and selected patients who will benefit from selective nerve releases. I will be doing upper extremity surgery including carpal tunnel releases, ulnar nerve releases at elbow and wrist as well as radial tunnel releases.
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