For more than 50 years, Florence Hill, 68, of Keyport, N.J. has been an accomplished artist and an avid pianist. Florence worked for 25 years as a zoological illustrator and art director, creating one of-a-kind illustrations for zoos across the country from New York to Kansas. Florence also worked as an art teacher for adult students at Brookdale Community College.
Back in 2008 Florence noticed that several of her fingers would “lock up” without warning, something that was very painful both physically and mentally. “The physical pain itself was bad enough, but not being able to create art was just devastating,” says Hill. Florence was referred to see Asaad H. Samra, M.D., FACS, board certified plastic surgeon affiliated with Bayshore Community Hospital. “From the first moment I met Dr. Samra I knew MY hands were in good hands,” says Hill.
It was determined that Florence had a condition commonly known as “trigger finger.” Trigger finger and thumb are painful conditions that cause the fingers or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position. It is also very common for multiple fingers on the same hand to experience this condition. The problems often stem from inflammation of tendons that are located within a protective covering called the tendon sheath. It is often characterized by a snapping or popping sound with pain, swelling, and limited or no mobility. When the finger unlocks, it will suddenly pop back, similar to when releasing a gun trigger.
"Trigger finger is very common and fairly straight forward to fix,” says Dr. Samra. “Under a twilight anesthesia with my colleagues at Bayshore Community Hospital, we can get patients in and back home within a few hours and back to doing what they love without the pain."
Dr. Samra performed surgery on Florence’s finger back in 2008, a second finger in 2009, a third in 2011, and most recently a fourth finger in late 2012. The surgery itself is less than an hour but the recovery is a stringent process to get the tendon back in working condition. Today Florence is 100% pain free and continues to share her art with the world.
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About Bayshore Community Hospital
Bayshore Community Hospital, a member of the Meridian Health Family, is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Bayshore Community Hospital’s newly developed Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information visit www.bayshorehospital.org.