Surgery fails to stop Philip, 88, work­ing

Daily Mail - - sandra Parsons - By Re­becca English Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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