Surgeon says pumpkin carving injuries can be “significant,” urges people to be careful

ROYAL OAK, Michigan (WDIV)– Orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Gregory Sobol doesn’t need a calendar to know Halloween is near.

“Every season has something whether it is summer sports and winter snowblowers, fall has the pumpkin carving and turkey carving as well,” Sobol said.

While they may sound silly, pumpkin carving injuries can be quite scary.

“They can be pretty significant injuries. We’ve seen where every finger gets a laceration to a tendon or a cut to the tendon,” Sobol said.

That can result in the loss of feeling and hand function. Even if surgeons can repair the damage, the rehabilitation time is extensive.

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