Video of Complex Thumb Surgery Premieres January 31

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Bon Secours Medical Group Surgeon Timothy R. Brown, MD, Performs Intricate Procedure

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System introduces a new procedure to help ease the crippling pain experienced by arthritis suffers. At noon on Thursday, January 31, a video of a Thumb Arthroplasty—a surgical treatment for patients with severe arthritis in the thumb joint—premieres on St. Francis TV ( The procedure is performed by hand surgeon Timothy R. Brown, MD, of The Hand Center which is an affiliate of the Bon Secours Medical Group (BSMG).

“A thumb arthroplasty is intended to alleviate severe arthritis in the thumb joint,” said Dr. Brown. “During the surgery, the thumb joint is removed, but unlike routine joint replacement surgery, there is no prosthetic. Instead, a tendon from the arm is used to reconstruct the joint. This surgery can help relieve disabling pain and restore movement, enabling the patient to return to daily activities.”

Dr. Brown is one of six board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians at The Hand Center who specialize in the treatment of disorders of the upper extremities—arms, hands and shoulders. Considered the Upstate’s leading provider in this field, The Hand Center has offices in Anderson, Greenville, Seneca and Spartanburg.

After its debut on January 31, the video of the Thumb Arthroplasty surgery will be available on-demand for viewing at any time.

The surgery was performed at the new St. Francis Surgery Center, conveniently located near ST. FRANCIS-eastside at 209 Patewood Drive. The health system’s fourth outpatient surgery location, the Center has two operating suites designated solely for surgeries of the upper extremities. This, in addition to a full range of post-surgery care, provides quick turnaround and consistency of care.

“The St. Francis Surgery Center is the latest addition to our extensive local network of surgical locations,” said Pat Fowler, VP of Surgical Services for Bon Secours St. Francis. “The Center offers comprehensive treatment, including on-site therapy and rehabilitative services, in one convenient location.”

About Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
The Mission Statement of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is to bring compassion to health care and to be Good Help to Those in Need®, especially those who are poor and dying. As a system of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness through the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

With innovative technology, we heal the body. With faith, we mend the spirit. We draw from a past that's rich in the healing tradition, while strengthening the future through the guidance and support of the Ministry of Bon Secours and Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

About Bon Secours Medical Group
With more than 250 board-certified physicians in more than 50 Upstate locations, the ever-growing Bon Secours Medical Group brings together practitioners, physicians and surgeons to offer a wide range of specialties, from primary care to highly specialized surgery, to meet all the health care needs for Upstate families.

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