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Angela Francois couldn’t sleep. The painful numbness in her hands was waking her up in the middle of the night on a more consistent basis. She had been experiencing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome for more than 15 years and had put off undergoing surgery, but the restless nights were becoming too much to bear and the condition began to impact her work as a certified surgical tech.
“My hands would go numb during the day and that impeded my ability to assist during surgery,” says Ms. Francois. “The braces I wore at night to alleviate the numbness and pain were no longer effective. I was waking up constantly and that was hurting all aspects of my life.”
She didn’t need convincing that an endoscopic carpal tunnel release was her best treatment option or to look far for a surgeon who would perform the procedure. For 18 years, Ms. Francois has been working in the practice of Anthony J. Berni, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in O’Fallon, Mo. She’s seen countless examples of patients who responded exceedingly well after having carpal tunnel syndrome treated endoscopically by Dr. Berni, including her own husband.