A Salisbury VA surgeon recently performed the first ever “awake” carpal tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center. Veterans now will be able to avoid operating room procedures, such as anesthesia, and coordinating a ride home. Instead, they’re in and out in under 30 minutes.

“It’s been a tremendous help for our patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Salisbury VA section chief of Orthopedic Surgery. “Once you give the patient the option to do the procedure wide awake, they are quick to choose it. They’ve been coming up here to Salisbury VA to get it done but opening this up in Charlotte will allow us to treat the patients who don’t want to drive to Salisbury.”

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