... o work to now is ten fold. When I look back, it probably wasn't a good idea to go back to work only 11 weeks post op. My job is way too tough on hands, esp after surgery like this. ... (30 replies)
... The surgery and recovery is a life altering process. Pain will pretty much disappear. How well and fast you recover is completely in your hands. ... (30 replies)
So glad I found this forum. I, too, am a 53 yr. old male getting ready for basal joint arthroplasty on Nov. 4th. I am a UPS driver and it has become very difficult doing my job, especially the last month. My right thumb(hand) looks deformed with the big hump and the metacarpal joint all but gone. The pain is shooting up my arm now, cannot wait to get this fixed. If I... (30 replies)
... I also agree, you will not be able to type for at least 3 weeks and the surgery was the most painful for me for 6 weeks, unbearable nerve pain for several weeks. I was told not to use my fingers for a month. ... (5 replies)
... My answer to your question about returning to work after 1 week is no.
I dont advise you to return to work after 1 week as the worst pain, after this surgery, lasts, usually up to 5 days to 1 week. Your hand will be swollen & very uncomfortable.You need to be raising your arm as much as possible, somewhat difficult at work! If you are going to have a general anesthetic, you... (5 replies)
... Good luck with your surgery. I had mine done 4/30/13 and in about 3 months I was back to doing everything and right now it it totally normal and I had the most doubts of those I chatted with here. I am a pianist and can play as I did before. Just don't forget to do the exercises even when your hand feels normal or it will start to get stiff. There are few and they are... (5 replies)
... I had my surgery on my right hand also. I took 3 weeks off work, although I probably could have returned before that. ... (5 replies)
... My surgery is scheduled for this October 24th on my right hand. ... (5 replies)
... Brenda, hi,
You have made the right decision in agreeing to undergo this surgery as you know, you cannot go to the drug store & buy cartilage! Plus, your pain will be
''banished'' after your recovery.
Before I can answer your question about having a general anesthetic, could you please explain more about your surgery. CMC, with tendon transfer? from where will your... (3 replies)
... ic handshakes! I also tried some other therapies offered by my "Functional Medicine" physician, as he apparently has some patients who have been able to cancel surgery because of sufficient pain relief. However, this was not my experience. ... (3 replies)
... Wishing you very well and fast recovery!!!
I know how good it feels when people support you in such uneasy times in our lives. Since 2006 on this board I went through numerous surgeries, treatments and bad times and each time dear people have something nice and warm to say to support me.
I am glad you came here and know that we all will be praying for you and wishing you... (5 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... (6 replies)
... Just wondering what people's experience has been with the outcomes of CMC surgery. ... (6 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'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 (6 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. ... (6 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. ... (6 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 (10 replies)
... I was hoping to use the again for this surgery but they are a little expensive to get on your own, so I am having to wait while they order some more. ... (10 replies)