Dr. Terry Messer returns from a week-long medical mission trip to Leon, Nicaragua.
“I recently traveled to Nicaragua with a group of doctors and nurses. We are part of a group called COAN, a Triangle based group founded nearly 20 years ago, whose mission is to improve the quality of orthopeadic care in Nicaragua. On our first day there, we saw more than 80 patients in the clinic with a variety of orthopedic problems, ranging from simple problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger, to more complex problems like distal radius malunions, recurrent shoulder dislocations, severe ankle arthritis, and scoliosis. Throughout the remainder of the week, we performed more than 30 surgeries, and we helped teach the orthopedic surgery residents and attendings at HEODRA Hospital in Leon. In the end, our team left feeling like we received much more than we gave. I look forward to returning to Nicaragua next year!” — Dr. Messer, Raleigh Hand Center