BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
NEUROSURGERY specialist from Taiwan Dr Wang Tse Lun has restored hope for a woman from Small Malaita who had been suffering from ‘trigger finger’.
Dr Wang from Taiwan, a team leader for the Taiwan Medical Mobile Team to Small Malaita, performed the surgery in just two minutes.
Dr Wang said he met the woman at River Side village of the Small Malaita which she complained her fingers could not be extended.
The woman said she has been suffering with this for many years and it affected her gardening, experienced severe pain and could not do normal work.
“I remember meeting her at River Side village in Small Malaita, and there was no clinic there, so I tell her to come to Afio because River Side was close to Afio clinic.
“On Wednesday morning, she came back to Afio to find me and I did a small operation, I just use one needle.
“The trigger finger is cause by the tendency so I use the needle to loosen the tendency and one minute later she could move her fingers freely again.
“She thinks it’s a magic because the operation done in one minute that her finger can extend again.
“She is happy because she can now do normal work more easily,” Wang said.
He said trigger finger is a common disease in Taiwan and believes it’s also common in Solomon Islands.
Trigger finger is a common finger aliment, thought to be caused by inflammation and subsequent narrowing of the A1 pulley, which causes pain, clicking, catching, and loss of motion of the affected finger.
Although it can occur in anyone, it is seen more frequently in the diabetic population and in women, typically in the fifth to sixth decade of life.
Meanwhile, the Taiwan Mobile Team said their next trip would be next year to support remote communities in Solomon Islands would be next year.
The team said their mission was successful which they have served and touches many remote lives with their health expertise to ensure they achieved the Health for All Mission.
With the next trip, they will discuss with Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Taiwan Embassy and other relevant stakeholders.