Surgery fails to stop Philip, 88, working
THE Duke of Edinburgh has had an operation on his left hand just days before his 89th birthday.
He was taken into hospital on Monday and underwent day surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition that causes pain, numbness and a burning sensation in the hand and fingers.
Philip, who is right-handed, cancelled an engagement at Buckingham Palace in the evening but was back at his desk yesterday conducting audiences with aides, charity workers and members of the military. He also attended a reception at the Canadian High Commission in London.
The only sign of his recent surgery was a bandage on his hand.
However, he has cancelled a day trip to Cheshire with the Queen tomorrow – his birthday – in order to speed his recovery, according to Buckingham Palace.
The trip would have required him to travel overnight on the royal train and spend a whole day on his feet, meeting and greeting.
A Palace spokesman added: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh has had a minor operation on his left hand to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. It was a short operation and he did not stay in hospital overnight.
‘He is attempting to meet most of his London-based commitments.’ Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition, although not all cases result in surgery. It is caused by compression of the median nerve at the base of the wrist and can be linked to arthritis, typing and repetitive manual work.
Despite his advancing years, the Queen’s husband prides himself on his robust health and carries out more than 400 engagements a year, making him one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family.
When he was in hospital with a serious chest infection in 2008, he insisted on sitting up in bed to carry on with his paperwork.
Many of his ailments and injuries have been sports-related, including the arthritis in his right wrist from playing polo.
In April he escaped major injury following a carriage driving accident.