Orthopaedic expert helps veteran find relief after two hand surgeries

by Liz Bonis, WKRC


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CINCINNATI (WKRC) – On Memorial Day, Americans are remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and saying ‘thank you’ to those who have served.


“I served at Fort Ord basic training, Fort Knox AIT, armored training, Germany, Vietnam and then back to Fort Knox,” said William Sommerville.


Sommerville had both of his wrists operated on by OrthoCincy hand surgeon Dr. Patrick Messerschmitt, getting joints replaced.


In addition to that type of procedure, Dr. Messerschmitt also does carpal tunnel release surgeries.


“Carpal tunnel release is a procedure where a small incision is made at the wrist level and the ligament that is holding our nerve down is released and opened, and it improves our blood flow and deceases our symptoms,” he said.


Sommerville described his wrist symptoms.


“It was hard to squeeze or pick up anything and hold onto it tight,” he said. “If I tried to lift something, it would pull or it would hurt, but other than that, it’s doing real good now.”