... Hi FloridaGal2,
The doctor told me today that I'm doing great and he's very pleased with my progress at almost 19 weeks post-surgery. He said it's normal to have mild pain that comes and goes and to expect to get approximately 30% more improvement before full healing.
I asked him about when I could schedule the other hand and he said in 2 months, which would put me about... (29 replies)
... Surgery on my left and right hand were 100% successful.There are no lingering problems, no pain after recovery & my hands are as good as new. Tendons were removed from my wrist & not my forearm. As far as I know there are less complications when the tendon is removed from the wrist.
It is advisable to get 2 opinions from 2 different hand specialists. Best advice I can give is... (29 replies)
... the tendon graft slipped after surgery and so my movement is not from my second joint on my thumb but rather at the carpal base. ... (29 replies)
... I hope things keep getting better for you. Will be interested in what your Dr says about your other hand and when he feels surgery should be done. ... (29 replies)
... I suspect that planning on surgery within one year may not be advisable. Last time I saw my surgeon, I asked about scheduling the other hand. ... (29 replies)
... My answer to your question, FloridaGal, is no. You need at least 1 year to regain the full use of your operated hand. Some of us had physio for 4 months
& were able to use our hands 100%. Others continued to have physio for 8,9, months. If I was in you shoes, I would wait at least 1 year.
I had my left hand ''fixed' in May 2011 & my right hand done in February 2013. I... (29 replies)
... I have one question which might have been asked previously on some other post. Is it possible to have this surgery done on both hands in the same year? ... (29 replies)
... 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... (29 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... (29 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,... (29 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. ... (29 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... (29 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... (29 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... (29 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... (29 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)
... 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... (29 replies)
... Bravo to you Stamm, you are recovering nicely.
14 weeks will fly by!
Keep us informed please.
Happy healing to you.
Haydena. (29 replies)