... I just had CMC/Basil joint arthroplasty done on my left thumb. I am 2 weeks post-op and while it is painful, it was manageable after the first 3-4 days using mostly Aleve and ice. The only real option to correct the problem is surgery; injections and splinting are stop-gap measures designed to give relief of symptoms...not fix the problem. In severe cases that go untreated,... (15 replies)
... posts about your impending surgery can be found at ease. ... (15 replies)
... Yes, I agree with Haydena, surgery is the only option for advanced cmc arthritis. ... (15 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 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)
... 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. ... (8 replies)
... Karen, I had my surgery April 5 and when my surgeon took out the stitches he sort of boasted how there wasn't any scars and then he said, used "plastic surgery" stitches, not sure, they were very wispy, could they have been "nylon"? The three areas look preety good.
What I am more concerned with today (8 replies)
... I have used the gel patches and they work really well. For my thumb surgery the hand therapist even supplied them. That being said, the incisions from my thumb surgery never were very raised or bumpy. I think that having the glue used leads to a better scar. ... (8 replies)
... I've been researching various scar treatments for my upcoming CMC arthroplasty. The more I read the more confused I become. Patches, creams, sprays, ointments, silicone or not silicone..... ... (8 replies)
... I had my thumb surgery the Thursday before Christmas. I was in a dressing for two weeks, then a cast for two weeks followed by a removeable brace. ... (24 replies)
... Hi Gingertea,
WOW, this is good news. Sounds like you have a good physiotherapist who knows his job. I am pleased its working well for you & thanks for telling us.
Good luck with your healing.
Haydena. (90 replies)