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OAA Patient Ambassador: Meet Saleen
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July 01, 2015
Meet Saleen – a 21 year old from Wind Gap, Pennsylvania who enjoys swimming, hiking, fishing, and
spending time with her friends. Saleen is our July Patient Ambassador because she was in a very bad car accident back in March. “I was traveling on 33 heading home from work, to my home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. I was 1/4 of a mile from the Saylorsburg exit when someone ran me off the road, and my car flipped three times. Unfortunately, I was not wearing my seatbelt, so I got ejected out of my car window. I broke the window with my hand, and my car crushed all five of my hand bones, and my two forearm bones. I got rushed to Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsbur where they took x-rays of my wrist, but they couldn't help me there because they didn't have a specialist, so they transferred me to Lehigh Valley Hospital.”
When asked if Saleen knew about Dr. Talsania or his great reputation as a hand surgeon, Saleen stated: “I never heard about Dr. Talsania until I got rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital. They had to put my forearm back into place. After they did that they told me they had an amazing surgeon by the name of Dr. Jay Talsania who works out of OAA Orthopedic Specialists. They said he was going to perform surgery on me to get my hand, and wrist back to the way it was.”
When asked about Saleen’s treatment plan, and the type of surgery he performed, Dr. Talsania stated that “the treatment for Saleen was to first address her bony injuries. She had fractured her forearm bones (the radius and the ulna) as well as all five metacarpal bones. I performed an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of her forearm and ORIF of 4 of her 5 metacarpal fractures with plates and screws. This was done under a regional anesthesia and sedation. This stabilization allowed us to start rehabilitation on her shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and digits right away with supervised hand therapy. The most common problem with multiple fractures about the hand and wrist is stiffness, and early motion is critical.”
X-Rray images of Saleen's injuries before and after surgery.
While Saleen’s accident was certainly unfortunate, she considers herself fortunate to have been cared for by Dr. Talsania. “My interactions with Dr. Talsania have been amazing. Anytime that I came for a check up with him, he would take his time to talk to me. When I went to OAA I was very upset about my hand, but all of a sudden Dr. Talsania came over and sat by me and reassured me that my hand will be much better with time, and effort of me going to hand therapy. Dr. Talsania is a very caring surgeon – I’m so blessed that he was able to get me back to the old me.” For Dr. Talsania, he is simply doing what he enjoys: “I enjoy solving problems and sitting down and talking with my patients.”
Saleen’s progression has been moving along well; mostly because she has been working hard in hand therapy to regain her motion. “She is a tough patient and has been very determined” Dr. Talsania added.
“The recovery after surgery has been very hard on me. I never had to have serious surgery, so I had no idea what the aftermath would be. My estimated recovery is a full year, with hand therapy. I have almost all of my motion back in my hand, and it’s only been 4 months. It took me about a month to be able to get back to my regular activities, which is amazing. I never thought I would recover so quickly,” says Saleen.
Dr. Talsania finished his orthopaedic surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in 1996, and then went on to a one year fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In 1997, Dr. Talsania joined OAA and has been limiting his practice to the elbow, wrist, and hand ever since. “Our practice has grown tremendously over the last 18 years. It is hard to imagine that I was only one of six surgeons here at OAA in 1997,” says Dr. Talsania. During his time at OAA Dr. Talsania has enjoyed caring for many patients, but still gets great satisfaction from helping patients like Saleen.
“I would definitely recommend OAA Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Talsania to all of my friends, family, and even people I have just met,” says Saleen.
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