... 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)
... My right hand started to give me trouble 21 months after I had the surgery on my left hand. ... (61 replies)
... My repaired left thumb has been sore in general around the area of the surgery. I guess it would be the anchor points for the CMC Arthoplasty. It is also some what swollen. I didn't injure it, only normal use on the job. ... (61 replies)
... DJ, dont wait too long as the damage to the bones gets worse, the pain, as well.
Suffering & pain are not in my book!
I wish you good luck & take care of your hand.
Haydena. (61 replies)
... I'm going to try and hold out until at least this fall but no way will I wait as long as I did with the left thumb to have the surgery done. ... (61 replies)
... Good luck with your surgery and recovery. ... (1 replies)
... I'm so glad I didn't listen to the first two surgeons I visited. Both said I would have to quit working as a auto mechanic after having this surgery as it would not hold up to the demands of my career. ... (61 replies)
... f you will get your strength and movement back, but you are in the early days of healing, so don't worry you will get there. The nerves were moved around during surgery and then affected by swelling, takes months for healing. Each milestone... ... (5 replies)
... Thanks so much for your encouragement..............so weird...............yesterday I felt really great - today not so good............it is indeed a roller coaster............I have read and appreciate your posts on the board .............your tips were so helpful preparing for this surgery.................I know I must give this time, and be patient..............I will keep... (5 replies)
... The stiffness & numbness you are experiencing will go, you can be sure of that.
It does take time, so dont worry too much about it.
For the stiffness, you can place your entire hand in a large bowel of hot as you can take, water & gently wiggle your fingers, rotate your wrist, leaving your hand to soak for up to 10 minutes. Remove your hand, dry it & cream it liberally as it... (5 replies)
... ent. I have heard this recovery takes a long time. I am now in a hand splint only, and faithfully do my exercises 5 times per day. Has anyone who has had this surgery experienced finger issues afterwards? ... (5 replies)
... Cliff, I had both my hands done & have no limitations at all. I regained full use of both my hands about 3-4 months after surgery. I am pain free in both my hands.
If you are serious about your PT & give yourself enough time to fully recover,
in about 1 year from now, you will have forgotten you had this surgery.
Haydena. (61 replies)
... dgarafa, can you not appeal the director's decision of not allowing you to play the organ/piano? Is her decision within the law?
Sorry to hear that you lost your job.
I have had both my hands ''fixed'' & I am thrilled with the outcome.
The nerve pain I had in my left hand was'nt too bad, with my right hand, I removed the micro-plastic splint, immersed my entire hand in warm... (61 replies)
... I was not a fan of the nerve pain either. The whole length of the outboard side of my thumb felt like first or second degree burn. Constant with no let up.
Just one part of recovery that has to be dealt with. I wouldn't let that side effect stop me from having my other thumb repaired. (61 replies)
... I too worried about my career as a pianist for years playing with pain before I had surgery. Now I'm better, the church has no organist/pianist, and the director won't hire me back. She doesn't like the time of year I left. I left because of the hand pain. So that is very depressing. I'm here in a state I don't want to be in (nc), moved here 5 years ago---and now without... (61 replies)
... I wonder if surgery can cause a type of ptsd, after a part of us is wounded for so long that there are psychological effects. Just a thought. ... (61 replies)
... Cliff, hope your early recovery is going well. I am at 11 months on nondominant hand. I have stiffness and awkwardness, good grip and pinch strength, some loss of fine motor. However, I am grateful everyday that the oa pain is gone, a good trade-off.
I had some postop problems that not everyone gets...severe burning from nerves that lasted 6 months, infection of the wound,... (61 replies)
... My depression has been seen by my wife for several years. It by definition has been light. Worst part I noticed has been Seasonal Affective Disorder or the common winter blues. I was in a very dark place several months leading up to surgery. I felt a ton of anxiety due to the pain, prospect of loosing my career, financial worries of the future, and general male middle age... (61 replies)