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Hi everyone. I am a new member to this site and I am having my surgery next Monday. I have read a lot of your posts but I am at work and have SO much to do before I am out for the surgery. My boss wants to know how long I will be out and I really dont know what to tell him. He had the same surgery several years ago and said he only missed 3 days and basically thinks I need to do the same. There are so many concerns about this - first my work is mainly computer work. Actually first is the issue that I live in Austin and work in Houston! I stay with a friend in Houston during the week and drive home for the weekends. From some of your posts I will not be or should not be driving that 3-4 hour trip that soon after my surgery. I am having my left hand done and I am right handed so that helps, but I can barely get my bra on now because of the pain in my left hand - I am not sure how I will be able to dress myself and drive to downtown Houston very soon after surgery. Can yall give me a realistic idea of how long I should expect to be off work? I am thinking a week maybe two, but some of these posts indicate much longer.
Thanks Janet. My doctor told me I wouldnt like him very much for the first month after surgery and that it was a pretty painful but worth it surgery. We didnt talk that much about what to expect he just told me to go online and read about it and he will answer my questions next visit. That is how I found this site. It is probably because I have been seeing another doctor here in Houston and had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand last September and we were ready to work on the left when I decided that I needed a Dr in Austin since that is where my husband and I live. The carpal tunnel surgery was not that big a deal and I was back to work with only 3 days plus a weekend off. I went into my new doctor with all my test results and have only seen him the one time. He looked at my records and said I obviously had tried the alternative things and it was time to do surgery. I just said ok and we scheduled it. Once I left I realized I have a LOT more questions. This one sounds much worse. I go in for presurgery tests and he will tell me more then but that is Friday and my surgery is Monday so my boss is wanting me to tell him how long I am going to be off. I really dont think I will be able to return as fast as he thinks I am. I have a LOT of leave time but was really hoping to be able to work from home at least until I can dress myself! My friend I live with in Houston has severe MS and can barely dress herself, much less help me. Oh my - I am not so sure this is a good idea......
[QUOTE=tj33;4958554]Hi everyone. I am a new member to this site and I am having my surgery next Monday. I have read a lot of your posts but I am at work and have SO much to do before I am out for the surgery. My boss wants to know how long I will be out and I really dont know what to tell him. He had the same surgery several years ago and said he only missed 3 days and basically thinks I need to do the same. There are so many concerns about this - first my work is mainly computer work. Actually first is the issue that I live in Austin and work in Houston! I stay with a friend in Houston during the week and drive home for the weekends. From some of your posts I will not be or should not be driving that 3-4 hour trip that soon after my surgery. I am having my left hand done and I am right handed so that helps, but I can barely get my bra on now because of the pain in my left hand - I am not sure how I will be able to dress myself and drive to downtown Houston very soon after surgery. Can yall give me a realistic idea of how long I should expect to be off work? I am thinking a week maybe two, but some of these posts indicate much longer.[/QUOTE]


Hi TJ,

Your boss is not a very caring man in that he expects you to return to work so soon after your surgery. You say you have time off owing to you & you need to take that time because there is nothing more important than your health, your healing & your recovery. You really dont need him pressuring you to return to work before you are ready.

You will need at least 2 months to recover, if not more. Remember everyone heals at their own pace.
I was not allowed to drive, for 6 weeks, with my cast on as we are not insured here ( to drive with a cast on) I dont live in the US.

It would be a good idea for you to buy a couple of sports bras that you pull over your head, hence no need to use hooks for closing. Buy yourself sports trousers without zips. Have slip on shoes & wide sleeved T-shirts which you can buy in the man's department of any store.

Get yourself 2 ice packs. 1 should be in the freezer whilst you will be using the other one. Ice packs are used for the pain & swelling & are a saviour.

After your surgery you need to have your hand raised as much as possible above your heart. Your arm needs to be elevated by pillows at night whilst you sleep.

Is it not possible for you to have this surgery closer to your home?

If you have anymore questions please dont hesitate to ask us.
I wish you the very best of luck & let us know how you are doing.

Haydena.
Thanks Janet and Haydena! I really appreciate your information. This is definitely more of a surgery than I orginally thought. My husband will be my nurse and I will stay home as long as I need to, I just hope it is not months. My husband suggested I may want to wait until I retire in October, but the pain is keeping me awake. I dont really tell him how bad it hurts because then he just worries about me so I just told him that I am ready to get it done. Haydena, I am having the surgery done close to home, but not to work. We moved to our retirement dream home on the lake last year and I thought I would be able to find a job in Austin easily - wrong! So I still work in Houston but only for a few more months! Thanks again for the info. I will definitely check in after the surgery next week. Hope you both continue to heal and are soon back to 100%!
[QUOTE=tj33;4959382]Thanks Janet and Haydena! I really appreciate your information. This is definitely more of a surgery than I orginally thought. My husband will be my nurse and I will stay home as long as I need to, I just hope it is not months. My husband suggested I may want to wait until I retire in October, but the pain is keeping me awake. I dont really tell him how bad it hurts because then he just worries about me so I just told him that I am ready to get it done. Haydena, I am having the surgery done close to home, but not to work. We moved to our retirement dream home on the lake last year and I thought I would be able to find a job in Austin easily - wrong! So I still work in Houston but only for a few more months! Thanks again for the info. I will definitely check in after the surgery next week. Hope you both continue to heal and are soon back to 100%![/QUOTE]

Hi TJ,

Ok I understand why you are having the surgery close to your home.
If your sleep is affected by the pain you can take extra strong Tylenol (hope I slept it correctly) you need your sleep.

I am 11 months post surgery & I am using my hand without any pain whatsoever, for everything. I was able to use my hand after 2 months. I healed well & very fast as I was told not to use my hand at all for 6 weeks.

If you dont want to take pain killers now, an ice pack will help you.
You should also order Traumeel cream made by Heel, online. It is a homeopathic 100% non chemical cream that helps lower the swelling, bruising & pain. When your cast or splint is removed you should apply Traumeel at least 3 times a day & at night before bed. Janet ordered it online so it is available in the US. (Idont live in the US)

Your doctor should be the one to tell you how long the recovery time is so you can tell your boss how long you will need to be away.
It is best to listen to your doctor-if he tells you not to use your hand, then please dont as you will mpede the healing process.

There is lots of advice we can all give you here about preparing for this surgery so please dont be shy to ask us.
I wish you good luck.
Hayena.
Welcome to the board tj33! Nice to have you here. Janet and Haydena have a wealth of knowledge!

Hi Ladies!

I had my first physical therapy appointment today. It was amazing! First of all the PT showed me the exercises I have to do 3 - 5 times a day, took some measurements and tested my grip. My 'good hand' had about 1/2 the strength of grip it should have. My surgery hand was pathetic. Then came the good part. I immersed my hand in a tub of hot water and he ran an ultrasound all around it. Next I sat in a recliner with electrodes attached to my hand. He wrapped my hand with a heating pad and towel then turned on the electric stimulation for 15 minutes while I just relaxed. (It was a massage chair, but I declined the massage....I might have never left) After that was done he massaged my hand for quite a while. It was heaven!

He was so calm and explained everything as he was doing the treatment. I probably won't be able to have surgery in June. I have a lot of strength to gain, and he is recommending I still don't try to pick up anything heavier than a coffee cup. (( JANET!! He really stressed not to overdo the exercises! )) I thought because the brace was off I could start doing more and more......nope! Looks like hubby is going to be chief cook and bottle cleaner for awhile. I'm glad everyone's husband is helpful and understanding.

Janet, I hope you start feeling better sooner than later! I had hoped the steroids would do the trick. Maybe now that they have discovered the tendonitis they can figure out ways to relieve your pain.

Good luck with your surgery tj33! I'm glad you don't have to get yourself right back to work. Everybody experiences pain in different ways, but I can't believe your boss had the same surgery and went back to work in three days.

Well I'd better close before I fall down from this PT high! Better get the ice, the heat and the ibuprofen ready.

Hope all is well!





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