... I am posting for the sake of other pianists who find this thread about Basal Joint surgery for pianists. ... (1 replies)
... While not a piano player, I too believe I will have long term deficits from the loss of the fcr tendon and muscle. The fcr was described as a"tendon you don't need". Hah! I have pain in my wrist, muscle spasms, stiffness, lack of dexterity and occasional soreness in my forearm...17 months after surgery. But no oa pain, so I am satisfied that it was a good trade off.
I am... (1 replies)
... Time for an update. I'm now 13.5 weeks post-surgery. I've had some ups and downs and find that I am learning to "read" my thumb to determine how much to push. A couple of weeks ago my therapist went on vacation and I had a substitute. The first day, she did almost nothing but the second visit, she had me do way too much. I was in a good bit of pain and totally backed off... (22 replies)
... I didn't have pain in the palm area or tip of the thumb. I am still "squished" in the palm and tight in the thumb, such that it's difficult and painful to try to get my hand flat against a hard surface (like when I'm on all fours). I'm told that will gradually loosen up and is a result of being in a hard splint for so long.
Are you doing therapy with a certified hand... (22 replies)
... Stamm, appreciate your updates as I am just 3 weeks behind you. I am also feeling the ups and downs and I did have couple of questions for you. I realize everyone is different and heals a little differently, but I notice pain seems to render across the palm area of my hand were all the lower bones of the fingers connect. Did you feel this discomfort at all through out your... (22 replies)
... I had surgery in 3 months ago. I first went to my doctor 5 years ago because of pain in both thumbs. ... (76 replies)
... Thanks for your update Stamm, good to hear your positive news. You are right in wearing the hard splint when you feel the need for it.
By early next year you will be ready to have your left had fixed & you'll have so much more confidence with your recovery. (I've been there, done that!)
Its actually better to have the surgery in winter than summer as your hand will feel... (22 replies)
... Redbird - thanks for stopping by and letting us compare notes. I completely agree - being able to read what someone else has experienced is valuable in terms of knowing what you're getting into. The doctor and I talked about just that yesterday - he warns patients this is a serious surgery with a lengthy recovery but many don't get it and then at about 2 weeks post-surgery,... (22 replies)
... I asked today about surgery for the left hand and he said he wants the right to be "top notch" before proceeding. I asked about early 2015 and he said that seems reasonable. ... (22 replies)
... Good to hear about your progress Stamm. I remember that divine feeling of freedom when my micro-plastic splint was removed from both my hands.
Your hand will continue to feel squished & weird, as time passes these feelings will vanish.
Remember to hydrate your hand with Vit E cream or cocoa butter cream as the skin needs to be moisturized.
I found that placing my hands in a... (22 replies)
... Tomorrow will be 8 weeks since surgery. My therapist today gave me permission to stay out of the plastic splint all the time except for heavy activities or while in a crowd. I have a soft neoprene splint I that I will wear at night at least for a while for some protection.
My hand is still very squished from having been in the splint. The therapist has been working to relax... (22 replies)
... Great progress update, Stamm, way to go.
Your plan of action is a good one. Twice weekly therapy is excellent. Only remember, if it hurts, stop & rest your hand. Also, continue keeping your arm raised when sleeping & try to keep your hand raised when awake, whilst relaxing your elbow & shoulder.
You are very well on your road to recovery. I am pleased for you. Continue... (22 replies)
... 7-week update: both my hand and patience are improving ;).
Yesterday was my first therapy appointment. She didn't do any hands-on work because she wants to check with my doctor to find out more precisely what he did. She did do some measurements and emphasized the importance of getting wrist range of motion back. Before I can build strength, I need range. She showed me one... (22 replies)
... Yesterday was 6 weeks post surgery and the week to start therapy. As I was headed to my appointment today, I had a blowout on the highway. ... (22 replies)
... Stamm, I have been reading your progress reports and comparing as you are a month ahead of me. I am trying to post my progress as well for comparative purposes plus inject some of the differences along the way. I think reading about other patient's experiences is most helpful in understanding how your own progress is developing. Thank you for your postings and wish you well... (22 replies)
... Bravo to you Stamm, you are recovering nicely.
14 weeks will fly by!
Keep us informed please.
Happy healing to you.
Haydena. (22 replies)
... Stamm, great to hear your therapy and recovery are going so well. You have a positive attitude send realistic expectation, you best allies. (22 replies)
... Tomorrow marks 9 weeks and I continue to improve. I overdid things a few days ago and had quite a bit of aching in my thumb and swelling in my hand. It was a combination of doing too much of the exercises plus some pinching activity (which I thought was mild but apparently not). Nothing that some tylenol and ice couldn't help.
I was supposed to see my doctor for a... (22 replies)
... Thanks, Haydena for all your support and ideas. I do warm up my hand before I do my daily exercises and I think that really helps my range of movement. After just 4 sessions of therapy (and regular work on my own), I can get my thumb 2/3 the way down my pinkie finger! My therapist took measurements at my last session that I will share with my doctor at my follow-up on June 30.... (22 replies)
... My thoughts are that, when you are not sure or comfortable with a decision like this, to wait. The basal Joint surgery isn't something that is an emergency and can be done a few months from now or when you are ready. ... (17 replies)