Surgery is normally the most successful treatment for removing a tumor from the hand, and the procedure can often be done on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Riggenbach was able to perform Robert’s surgery with local anesthesia only, meaning Robert could avoid sedation and not need to receive pain medication from an anesthesiologist.
“We just numbed his finger, and once it was numb, we made an incision much like you would in a dentist’s office,” Dr. Riggenbach explains. “For that reason, Robert had a quicker turnaround time, and it was less expensive for him, as there was no anesthesia cost. And in some instances, you can drive yourself home.”
Surgery is not the only treatment option for a hand tumor. Doing nothing or waiting to see how the tumor evolves are other options, but in his case, Robert felt surgery was the best course of action.
“I didn’t feel any pressure to have the surgery,” says Robert. “In my situation, Dr. Riggenbach told me I could leave it, we could watch it, or if it was something I wanted to take care of, they’d take care of it. I really appreciated that.”
Not long after his surgery, Robert was back to doing the things he enjoys most like taking long walks with his dog, going for bike rides, and savoring his morning cup of coffee.
“I would absolutely recommend patients come in for a consultation with Dr. Riggenbach,” Robert says. “His knowledge and his team’s know-how, you get a lot of value from their experience and from his willingness to collaborate with others and bring in their opinions and assessments.”
After his successful hand tumor removal, Robert is grateful for his return to full health and appreciative of everything Dr. Riggenbach and his team were able to do for him.
“I can’t stress enough how good the overall experience was,” Robert says. “Being a doctor, you’re a team leader, and I felt like Dr. Riggenbach has done an excellent job of selecting and managing his team. It’s more than just medical practice, it’s picking the right people to be on your team and the trust they have in one another to take care of the patients.”