Letters: Surgery–a last resort

Surgery–a last resort

“My son has a condition called Keinbock’s disease. The doctors say it is a degeneration of the lunate bone in the hand due to a lack of circulation. The only hope they say is surgery to ‘revascularize’ the region with new blood vessels. Is there anything that can be done other than surgery, some alternative method?”

–P.L., Auckland, New Zealand

WCD: I was unable to find anything on Keinbock’s disease in Harrison’s Textbook of Medicine, my “bible” for medical diseases.

Theoretically, any bone can become “devascularized” for a number of reasons–and the only treatment that is ever proposed by orthopedists is surgery. There are alternative treatments that you might want to try: applying DMSO over the wrist area, hyperbaric oxygen, intravenous hydrogen peroxide treatments, and color therapy. I can’t say for sure that any of these will be the answer for your son, but an open-minded doctor should be willing to try anything that’s not toxic before surgery. Unfortunately, they seldom do.

The American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) has a number of members in New Zealand. Contact them (800-532-3688; www.acam.org) for a list of doctors and get a consultation from one or more of them.

I wish you and your son the best of luck in your quest for an alternate treatment. If nothing else proves to be successful, then I would advise to opt for the surgery–but only as a last resort.