Mary’s story: Carpal tunnel procedure? 'It's for me'

Friday, January 26, 2018

By: Melissa Barth


Mary Thoreson admits she put off getting treatment for her carpal tunnel syndrome. No, she wasn’t afraid. She just wanted to take time to find the best solution to her condition.


Her husband and several coworkers had the traditional treatment for their carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition marked by pain, numbness and restricted movement in the hand and fingers. Using that approach, the wrist is surgically opened. Recovery can take several weeks to several months.


Mary didn’t find that appealing.


“I knew that I had to have something done sooner or later, and I was kind of looking around,” says Mary, who lives in Vulcan, Mich., and is a media center employee at the Norway Vulcan Area Schools.


She noticed a billboard for the Thread Carpal Tunnel Release procedure, or Guo Technique, offered by BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine. It’s a minimally invasive procedure for treating carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn’t require a surgical incision.


“When I saw this new and innovative procedure, I said ‘it’s for me, I gotta find out about it,’” Mary says.


She scheduled an appointment with Dr. Danzhu Guo, a pain and rehab medicine physician who developed the technique with his brother, Dr. Danqing Guo.


“They informed me about everything that was going to happen and exactly what they said is what happened,” she says.


Mary had the Thread Carpal Tunnel Release procedure done on both hands by Dr. Danzhu Guo, just one week apart. She says her experience was excellent.


“Since I’ve had the thread carpal tunnel procedure done, I don’t get that numbness and that tingling in my hands. I can sew for a lot longer, I can work in the garden without having to stop and shake my hands. I can snap beans,” she says. “I can do all the things that I do with my hands without being bothered by the numbness and the tingling.”


Mary Thoreson BayCare Clinic patient story


There was one thing Mary couldn’t immediately do after the procedure, although some might consider it a bonus.


“He wouldn’t let me get my hands wet. So I couldn’t do the dishes,” she says.


Mary encourages others with carpal tunnel syndrome to consider the Thread Carpal Tunnel Release procedure.


“You can get relief without anesthesia, without stitches, medication, and unnecessary downtime,” she says. “This procedure took only about 20 minutes in the office and I was able to go home that day and go back to my life, pretty much as normal.”


Dr. Danqing Guo sees patients in Green Bay. Dr. Danzhu Guo sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8377 or 866-965-4380 or do so online.

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Guo Danzhu

Danzhu Guo, MD, is a Board Certified physiatrist at BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine. He has special interests in neurological disorders, occupational health, orthopedics, sports medicine and injury, trauma, chronic pain management and spasticity management. He received his medical education at the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an, China, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.  Learn more here.

Guo Danqing

Danqing Guo, MD, is a Board Certified physician at BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine and received his medical degree from Beijing University, School of Medicine in Beijing, China. Dr. Guo has many special interests including musculoskeletal ultrasound dynamic diagnosis for joint muscle and nerve pain; ultrasound guided micro-surgical procedure for release of peripheral nerves, and narcotic medication management for chronic pain. Outside of his practice, he enjoys spending time with his family. Learn more here.

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