The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Upper Extremity Conditions

Seeking the “Best of the Best”: European Dentist Journeys to the Quad Cities for Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Nestled within the lively city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Dr. Susanne Meeuwis-Cools enjoys a successful dentistry practice. As an in-demand dentist with more than 34 years of experience, she understands what it takes to be a good medical professional.

Because of her expertise, she had high hopes that carpal tunnel surgery to treat debilitating pain, numbness and tingling in her right wrist would allow her to return back to her bustling practice pain-free.

Unfortunately, the type of surgery she had – known as open carpal tunnel surgery – required a six-week recovery with an additional six months of therapy. It also resulted in an incision several inches long. To make matters worse, just as she was slowly healing from her right-wrist surgery, carpal tunnel symptoms flared in her left wrist.

“I wasn’t about to go through the long recovery caused by open carpal tunnel surgery again,” Susanne said. “So, I scoured medical websites and journals to find the ‘best of the best’ of orthopaedic surgeons specializing in more effective carpal tunnel surgery.”

That renowned and expert surgeon she found was Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Cobb has perfected an advanced micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure that is far superior to open surgery. He has performed more than 5,000 micro-invasive carpal tunnel procedures, and he has covered the globe training other surgeons on minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Traveling 4,228 miles for the best care

Susanne traveled from the Netherlands to undergo micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists.

In October 2018, Susanne traveled more than 4,000 miles and 16 hours to undergo a micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb.

“I knew I could help Susanne get back to her dentistry practice quickly,” said Dr. Cobb. “I first tried to help find someone in Europe who could perform the micro-invasive carpal tunnel procedure. As I struggled to find a local surgeon to help her, Susanne decided to travel to Davenport for her surgery. I was happy to help.”

Dr. Cobb’s method to help patients with carpal tunnel is dramatically less invasive than open carpal tunnel surgery. His innovative approach utilizes a state-of-the-art surgical micro-knife that can be used to perform carpal tunnel release with minimal trauma and scarring.

Incisions that are smaller than the head of a pencil eraser are made, and the micro-knife is inserted through this tiny opening. Ultrasound technology is used to visualize the treated area and guide the instrument into place without causing damage to surrounding nerves, blood vessels, tendons and other sensitive tissues.

Susanne’s surgery on her left wrist with Dr. Cobb could not have been more different from the surgery she had received on her right wrist.

The operation performed by Dr. Cobb was on a Monday, and she was back to work one week later – a drastic difference from her extended time off work following her previous open carpal tunnel surgery.

“I haven’t stopped working since the Monday after my surgery with Dr. Cobb,” Susanne said. “I love my job because I know I am good at it and make people happy. It’s great to be back!”

She also felt that the communication and care she received was second to none.

“Dr. Cobb put me at ease and explained everything,” Susanne said. “He was very professional. I knew he was an expert.”

Living the life she loves

Thanks to micro-invasive carpal tunnel surgery performed by Dr. Cobb, Susanne (pictured in the middle) can golf again without pain.

In addition, Susanne can do things she couldn’t do before. She is even back to golfing after not being able to hold the club for three years. She went skiing with her daughter in Austria and had no problem at all. She also is able to sail in the Mediterranean Sea – something that is incredibly important to her as only her and her husband handle their sail boat.

“If I had known how much better micro-invasive carpal tunnel surgery is compared to open carpal tunnel surgery, I would have gone to Davenport to have both wrists done by Dr. Cobb at the same time,” Susanne said.

Learn from Susanne’s experience. Research your options before undergoing surgery, and don’t forget about the world-class surgeons here in the Quad Cities. To learn about the best treatment options for your needs, contact us to schedule a free screening with Dr. Cobb.

After a micro-invasive carpal tunnel release procedure performed by Dr. Cobb, Susanne is back to her normal life without the pain in her wrist.

What Is Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?

Total shoulder replacement can help patients effectively address arthritis of the shoulder. However, this treatment is not necessarily ideal for an individual who has arthritis as well as rotator cuff tears. In a total shoulder replacement, the substitute parts mimic the natural anatomy of the shoulder joint. In the event of a rotator cuff tear, though, the affected muscles will be too weak to power the shoulder—just as they would if arthritis hadn’t developed. In this instance, a reverse total shoulder replacement is performed, often with a much-improved outcome.

In reverse total shoulder replacement surgery, the ball and socket replacement appliances are switched. For instance, in a traditional shoulder replacement, the end of the upper arm (humerus) is replaced with a metal ball, and the socket on the shoulder blade (scapula) is replaced with a cup. In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the end of the humerus is replaced with a cup and the socket is fitted with a ball. As a result, different, uncompromised muscles power the arm. Dr. Tuvi Mendel, our board certified orthopaedic surgeon, utilizes an advanced implant device from Exactech® called the Equinoxe Reverse System for this procedure. He has seen excellent results, and he can help you determine if this technique is right for you.

What Is Shoulder Instability?

Shoulder instability can significantly limit activity, whether you’re a professional athlete or regular individual. If you’re experiencing one or more of the following issues, you may have shoulder instability, a condition in which the shoulder joint becomes loose:

  • A sensation that the shoulder is loose or slipping out of place
  • Quick bursts of sharp shoulder pain
  • History of previous shoulder injury or dislocation
  • Numbness on the outside of or radiating down the arm
  • Swelling or bruising around the shoulder
  • Visible physical abnormalities of the shoulder

Shoulder instability is often caused by one of two types of injuries: Shoulder dislocation or shoulder separation. A dislocation is when the upper arm bone (humerus) loses contact with the socket joint, most commonly from a fall or sports injury. A separation occurs when the collarbone (clavicle) loses contact with the shoulder blade (scapula), usually from receiving a blow to the top of the shoulder or falling onto an outstretched hand.

In many cases, non-surgical treatment can be used. Depending on your needs, however, minimally invasive shoulder repair surgery may be a better option. Dr. Tuvi Mendel, our experienced orthopaedic surgeon, is extensively trained in the most advanced techniques and technology available. He can help you determine the most effective procedure to optimally restore comfort and function.

Treating Chronic Shoulder Pain with TENEX Health TX®

Many popular sports and recreational activities, such as golf, tennis, and racquetball, can lead to shoulder pain, often as a result of degeneration of the tendon (tendinosis). In the past, non-surgical treatment was the only effective approach available to address this concern. If these methods proved unhelpful, patients had limited options. With the TENEX Health TX® technique, however, our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeon, Tyson, Cobb, MD, can offer a minimally invasive solution. The innovative TENEX Health TX® technology can also reduce downtime, post-operative discomfort, and the likelihood of needing a follow-up procedure.

FDA-approved TENEX Health TX® uses ultrasound imaging to identify the damaged tendon so that Dr. Cobb can target this area and remove only the affected tissue. The patented TX MicroTip technology also means that patients will require no stitches, just a simple adhesive bandage.

If you’re bothered by chronic shoulder pain and have found no relief using non-surgical approaches, Dr. Cobb can determine if TENEX Health TX® may be able to help. Talk to us today.

How Can Athletes Treat “Arm Pump”?

Arm pump, medically known as chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), is a condition that can affect many types of athletes. Some of the individuals most commonly affected, however, are motocross racers. Arm pump causes cramping, severe pain, burning, weakness, numbness, and other symptoms that can make riding difficult and dangerous. While non-surgical treatment can be helpful for many, this approach requires rest and behavior modifications that may not be a suitable option for professional athletes. In many cases, arm pump surgery is recommended. Our Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center, Dr. Tyson Cobb, utilizes the most advanced techniques available to address CECS—most often with excellent results. He recently treated Zach Osborne, a competitive motocross racer whose arm pump symptoms were affecting his ability to compete.

Arm pump surgery is designed to release pressure on the affected muscle compartments in the forearm. This can be achieved by dividing (cutting) the fascia that encases the muscles in the forearm. The fascia is a thick, fibrous tissue that wraps around every muscle compartment in the body. Once this tissue is opened up, the nerves, arteries, and muscles have more freedom of movement, which in turn minimizes pain, swelling, and other symptoms of CECS. Dr. Cobb is extensively trained in minimally invasive techniques that can help to reduce the risk of complications and shorten recovery time. Many athletes who have had this procedure have successfully healed and returned to performing at their highest levels.

Arm pump surgery is not for everyone. If you believe you have arm pump or you are experiencing pain in your forearm, we recommend you speak to a qualified orthopaedic surgeon like Dr. Cobb to determine the best treatment plan. Click here to learn more about Arm Pump Surgery.

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