Brown Hand Center News & Events

Toys for Tots - December, 2011

Since 2007, Brown Hand Center has partnered up with the Toys for Tots Foundation to help the U.S. Marine Corps complete their mission by giving money and toys. The toys were generously donated by both the employees at the Brown Hand Center and the company itself. Giving money, however, was not enough. Brown Hand Center has also warmed the hearts of everyone at Kenneth Black Elementary, a local school in the Houston area, by delivering a toy to each child at the school.


Paint the Path Pink 2011

Paint the path pink is a walk/run, benefiting breast cancer awareness. More than 600 people registered to participate in “Paint the Path Pink” 3-mile charity walk and 5-kilometer run to raise money for breast cancer research and local victims of the deadly disease. It was held at Mitchell Intermediate School, Saturday morning, March 4th. Funds raised from corporate sponsorships, silent auctions, and the 3-mile charity walk and 5-kilometer run will be presented at the annual Avon Walk for Cancer in Houston.

The following charitable organizations and events are supported by Michael G. Brown, MD (retired) and Brown Medical Center:

  • St. Thomas High School
  • Awty International School
  • Star of Hope
  • Citizens for Animal Protection Normangee Junior Livestock Show
  • Spring FFA
  • Deer Park Tigers & Starlites
  • Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence

Dr. Lee and Moses Kollie

The Fairfield Baptist Church in Cypress, Texas contacted Brown Hand Center regarding an African boy they found during their mission trip. His left arm and hand was nonfunctional. This boy, Moses Kollie, was born in 1995, during the Liberian war. When he was only three months old, his mother was shot to death by a rebel while she was out searching for food. Her lifeless body lay draped on top of Moses, and they remained there for several days until a passerby heard the child crying and rescued him. After a search for his relatives proved to be futile, he was consequently placed into an orphanage. The mission team’s hope was to see if Brown Hand Center would be able to help him in any way to restore his arm and hand function. Brown Hand Center immediately offered to help pro bono. Moses was brought to the U.S. by the church mission team. After the evaluation by our hand surgeons and physiatrists, he was diagnosed with hemiplegic cerebral palsy with spasticity. His elbow was severely contracted to 90 degrees, and his wrist was fixed at 100 degrees of flexion. Moses, informed of the complexity of the reconstructive surgery, eagerly asked for the procedure to be performed.

Dr. Andrew K. Lee performed multiple tendon lengthening and tendon transfers of the elbow, wrist, and hand of Moses Kollie

On June 11, 2008, the Brown Hand Center surgical team, led by Dr. Andrew K. Lee, performed multiple tendon lengthening and tendon transfers of the elbow, wrist, and hand. After a four hour operation and a month of hand therapy, Moses is able to extend his elbow to 30 degrees and his wrist up to neutral. He demonstrated good grasping and releasing motion of the fingers. His result was superb. Moses wrote on his thank you note to Dr. Lee, “I have nothing to repay…but God will bless you….” We would like to thank Fairfield Baptist Church for providing us with the opportunity to participate in caring for this young man. We are grateful that we are able to be utilized as God’s conduit for healing and restoration. We are here to help people who need our skills and expertise we have gained over decades of caring for complex problems requiring reconstructive surgery. We consider this to be a privilege and God’s blessing upon us. He works through us and guides us in every aspect of every patient’s care.

Child Advocates

Brown Hand Center and The Dr. Michael G. Brown Helping Hands Foundation were pleased to support Child Advocates in their 16th annual PULL FOR KIDS CLASSIC- RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT. The day’s event, honoring Arthur Gochman and Academy Sports and Outdoors, was held at the American Shooting Center sporting clays range. Michael G. Brown, MD (retired) and others joined over a group of over 300 sporting clays participants. That evening, over 700 guests enjoyed a night of mambo and salsa amidst live and silent auctions, benefiting Child Advocates. Mr. Gochman presented an award for his long time support of the event and Child Advocates. He gave a poignant and inspirational acceptance speech, emphasizing that anyone can do well in The United States of America, especially with a little help when needed. A mother and daughter who experienced firsthand the kindness of Child Advocates thanked the audience for their support, then encouraged the guests to fill out a child sponsor card for the coming year. Hands holding child sponsor cards went up throughout the Reliant Arena as attendees donated to the children and families in need. Child Advocates, Inc. provides needed care to some of the most severely abused children and has helped more than 14,000 children. Some of the children are in truly heartbreaking situations and in great need of help from the kindness of others. As Child Advocates point out, their service depends on the benevolence of others, so to support this extremely worthwhile cause go to www.childadvocates.org.

Hand Surgeon Receives Congressional Medal of Distinction

HOUSTON – June 20, 2008 – World-renowned hand surgeon Michael G. Brown, MD (retired), was honored Wednesday, June 18, 2008 in Washington, DC, where he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Distinction. Dr. Brown had lunch with Vice President Dick Cheney and then enjoyed dinner that evening with President George W. Bush. Dr. Michael Brown is the founder (retired) of Brown Hand Center in Houston, Texas, and other locations. Dr. Brown has received international acclaim for his patented Brown Procedure Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel treatment, which revolutionized the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, reducing recovery time and pain for the patient. Dr. Brown employs hundreds who promote the concept of delivering the very highest of health care with kindness and courtesy, helping many thousands of patients annually. (patent expired)

Techniques and Research

Brown Hand Center’s Arthroscopic Interposition Arthroplasty Procedure for Treatment of Basilar Thumb Joint Arthritis

Continuing with Dr. Brown’s tradition of developing minimally invasive techniques to reduce patient pain, suffering, and minimize recovery time (the Brown Procedure Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel technique, Brown Endoscopic Trigger Release (BETR)), Randolph Lopez, MD, and other Brown Hand Center surgeons have developed a modified, minimally invasive arthroscopic technique for treating the very common problem of basilar thumb joint (metacarpal-trapezial) arthritis, which commonly causes pain at the base of the thumb.

Using a simple two-portal technique, the joint is resurfaced arthroscopically, and an acellular dermal matrix allograft or a type 1 collagen graft is interposed, acting as a much needed cushion in the joint. This is an outpatient procedure, requiring NO stitches. The patient is placed in a removable thumb spica splint, avoiding an uncomfortable cast, and may resume normal activity in six weeks. This procedure has revolutionized treatment of basilar joint arthritis, sparing large incisions, painful removal of bone, and debilitating bone fusions.

Endo Ulnar/Pronator Release

Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel (Ulnar Nerve) Release and Pronator (Median Nerve) Release

Pronator Release

Although not as common as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and the Pronator Syndrome are compression neuropathies that cause numbness, weakness, and pain in the arms and hands. Traditionally, these types of nerve compression syndromes were treated by making a long incision at the elbow and forearm. Following the precedent set by Dr. Michael G. Brown (retired) (first to develop the successful Brown Procedure Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release), Dr Lee, Dr. Lopez, and other doctors at Brown Hand Center have developed an improved way of endoscopically treating these conditions with a less than 2 cm incision. This means less scarring, earlier motion, and a faster recovery. Just as the Brown Procedure has revolutionized endoscopic hand surgery, with perhaps the single most important advancement since hand surgery began, these techniques will prove to be the revolutionary procedures for the 21st century.

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