Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan
11th June 2020
Gunaratnam Shyamalan is the best surgeon I have ever come across in my lifetime I fractured my scaphoid bone 20 years ago playing football where it had developed AVN (Avascular Necrosis) causing the bone to die and loose its blood supply.
After 20 years of pain/suffering and been seen by many orthopaedic surgeons with no clear answer of fixing the scaphoid itself besides salvage option (wrist fusion) which is a procedure for really serious damage to wrist and can outweigh the benefit of the surgery.
After trying many years searching for a solution and contacting surgeons all with a similar answer wrist fusion or live with the pain. I finally decided to live with the pain until my everyday simple tasks were starting to become more painful and wrist was weakening. I decided to go private where an orthopaedic surgeon referred me to Gunaratnam, he advised me he was a specialist in scaphoid fractures as Gunaratnam fractured his scaphoid playing Rugby and that’s where his passion started for research in scaphoid.
After seeing Gunaratnam I was so impressed with his friendly attitude and his confidence to fix my wrist he made me feel at ease as if it was not a big issue to fix I even found it too good to be true. However, he explained the procedure which gave me confidence to go ahead with the surgery.
The surgery itself wasn’t invasive and was done through key hole surgery without cutting and making scars on my wrist and leaving metal plates in my wrist. Couple of months after you could not tell I had surgery as the cuts were very small. The results of the surgery were also a success with a 20-year-old fracture finally healed.
Gunaratnam did explain to me my wrist would not be perfect due to it being a 20 year old fracture which was more than understandable. One year on my wrist has massively improved with very less pain and strength improvement where I am able to do hard work without pain limiting the amount of work I can do.
I am ever so grateful that there are surgeons like Gunaratnam that do not shy away from a challenge and are willing to attempt some of the most complex hand issues and surgeries giving back lively hood to many people. I would totally recommend Gunaratnam for a scaphoid fracture as he is an expert in this area and this particular bone, the only thing I regret is I wish I came across him earlier.
12th June 2020
Response from Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan
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Mr Shyam (Gunaratnam Shyamalan)
Consultant Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgeon