From school to surgery
As an employee of a bustling elementary school, Vickie Loftis of South Boston was too busy working to let pain slow her down.
“I was having such intense pain in my left hand, it was becoming difficult to bend my fingers,” Vickie remembers. “It radiated from my palm and affected the use of my hand. Often, my middle finger would lock, and I was unable to move it.”
After months of pain, Vickie had enough, and with some encouragement from her husband, she made an appointment to see James Treadwell, D.O., of Sentara Southern Virginia Orthopedics.
“My sister-in-law told me about how he specializes in upper extremities,” Vickie says.
During her visit with Dr. Treadwell, Vickie learned that a cyst in her palm was causing her pain and loss of movement.
“He gave me all of the facts and told me that he could fix it with surgery. He didn’t push me to make a decision, but I immediately responded, ‘Yes, let’s do it,’” Vickie remembers.
After the procedure, Vickie was pleased to find her pain gone. Now, she is back to working and living life, happy and pain-free.
“I was happy with the whole experience. From start to finish, they made sure I knew what was going on,” Vickie remembers. “The doctor was never in a hurry and always took his time with me, before and after the surgery.”