... Stay positive. There is light at the end of the tunnel for this condition. The surgery is a solid repair and will serve you well into old age with good results. ... (32 replies)
... 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. ... (32 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. ... (32 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... (32 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)
... 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)
... 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)
... For the past several years, the base of my thumb was constantly inflamed. Nsaids, splinting and cort. shots did not help. ... (9 replies)
... Dear lost,
I am 15 weeks postop, have about 90% back of range of motion, strength and flexibility. Most of the stiffness is in the wrist/thumb/fingers. Good question about the muscle attached to the tendon, I haven't thought of that. I had the FCR used, but have no problems at all with arm above the wrist, except for a few muscle spasms the first week or two. I did make... (6 replies)
... Oooh, I love lavender--I will definitely have to look for that California Baby cream! (10 replies)
... Karen, I have two pieces of silicone patches that I use while sleeping for 3 months---this is an EXCELLENT treatment--it flattens and diminishes the scars. My OT gave them to me and assured me when I was skeptical. I wash them off every morning.
The one on my thumb I keep on with a neoprene splint (after the hard splint was removed) and the one on my forearm I tape on with... (10 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. ... (10 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. ... (11 replies)
... Welcome to the club. Your story sounds very familiar to me. Right now I'm 4 weeks post surgery from a left thumb CMC Arthroplasty and will also have my cast removed today. ... (11 replies)
... I am sorry your surgery did not work out. ... (5 replies)
... joint so I definitely fall into that category plus I use my hands a lot. I am hoping that this second surgery on my left thumb cmc joint will induce the joint fusion that was intended. Even if it does not fuse correctly, my doctor can use artificial bone graft and that usually works. ... (5 replies)
... A lot of people have made this surgery sound more complex than I have experienced. ... (0 replies)
... I am 48, female, bank teller and both thumb cmc joints have zero cartilage left. I will hopefully be able to do my right thumb later this year. ... (4 replies)