... one who does a newer procedure that offer the possibility of a quicker recover but decided to go for the traditional surgery as it seemed more proven. ... (9 replies)
... Hi, new here.
I am expecting to have surgery on the base of my left thumb (CMC Joint) in a few months - the usual one where they remove the bone and replace with a tendon taken from the arm...
I've read some old posts here about people's experiences which were very helpful. Anyone currently here who has had this, or is looking at having it done in the near future? (9 replies)
... My surgery lasted 2 hours, which I think is the average time for that kind of procedure. ... (7 replies)
... one more silly question. Does any one know how long this surgery takes? ... (7 replies)
... the surgery staff will be watching you. ... (7 replies)
To set your mind at ease, you can phone your doctor or his nurse & ask if you will be put to sleep during your surgery. You don't need extra worry at this time.
Haydena. (7 replies)
... 99% you will be put to sleep as this is quite a painful surgery.
Good luck to you.
Haydena. (7 replies)
... I am having surgery march 16th and one thing I didn't ask was if I am going to be asleep during this. Has anyone else had the surgery on the base of the thumb where they remove the bone and take out a tendon and replace the bone with the tendon? ... (7 replies)
... Hi lostinthewoods,
I have had CMC surgery on both my thumbs/wrists for loss of cartilage. I have no problems now with range of motions in my thumb, fingers nor wrist.
I had no problems, other than pain in the muscle next to the tendon which was harvested. The tendon was taken from my wrists-both surgeries. One needs to be patient & allow from 4-6 months -1 year for... (5 replies)
... Just wondering what people's experience has been with the outcomes of CMC surgery. ... (5 replies)
... Hello Justfax, I had the CMC surgery with the tendon replacement on 7/15/2010. I am in a hard cast and while its been a painful week, that is becuase I am back at work. I am on a computer all day, so my incision has been really sore. I am in much less pain then before surgery. I just hope I get most of the usage back in my hand after the hard cast comes off on 08/23/2010. (9 replies)
... I am a 52 yr old male. On 8/4/10 I had cmc surgery (suspension interposition arthroplasty). In addition, I had a dequervain procedure ( openining of the sheath around the tendons). For the past several years, the base of my thumb was constantly inflamed. Nsaids, splinting and cort. shots did not help. Xrays showed that I had no cartlidge (bone on bone). The way I see it, 2... (9 replies)
... I haven't had nor heard of this surgery alternative but I find it interesting. Just to give a little perspective, I had the CMC surgery 10 months ago and I am still with pain and stiffness. ... (1 replies)
... I would have the right hand repaired first. As far as a time line for the second surgery, I would wait and see how the first surgery recovers and when it feels strong enough to carry the load go for the second one. ... (2 replies)
... Your thinking is correct. I had both my hands done. Left hand May 2011, then right hand, February 2013. My left hand was worse. The pain I had in my right hand was bearable.
I recovered well & fast & had full use of my hands after 4 months. Everyone heals differently, so it's rather hard to answer your question of how long you should wait for your 2nd surgery.
Wishing you... (2 replies)
... I want to have reasonably full recovery on one before doing the other. I know I will have to wait to schedule the second surgery until I know how things have gone, but for planning purposes, I'm trying to get some kind of timeline. ... (2 replies)
... I'm only 4 weeks post surgery but my range of motion is great (though with some discomfort). I only had about a 4-inch piece of tendon harvested from the hand incision, rather than from the entire forearm, so have had no weakness above the wrist.
Karen (5 replies)
... I'm a heavy duty auto mechanic. Went back to work 11 weeks post surgery and have been back to work for 6 weeks. I have no pain and I am back to full strength with full range of motion. ... (5 replies)
... I had my surgery 9 weeks ago, and I am still dealing with some rather decent size problems with stiffness and range of motion. ... (5 replies)
... Yes, I've done that, and it seems to work well. It's important to be diligent about using Vit. E to get the best effect. My husband's scars from cardiac surgery are no longer the first thing you notice about his chest ;-D
LITW (8 replies)