... 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. ... (57 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)
... 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)
... 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. ... (57 replies)
... Wow, dj. You went to work quite early doing heavy work! My thumb was not ready at that stage. I'm sorry your arm muscle bothers you. I didn't have that. ... (57 replies)
... t dexterity. No pain. Good hand and arm strength. If I'm doing yard work or chores around the house I feel as if it is as good as new. The only after effect from surgery is the skin is still numb on the outboard side of the thumb from the incision to the top joint. ... (57 replies)
... CLIFF, I also need surgery in my other hand, for me, the left. All the pain stopped since my operation on my left hand, though it looks deformed. My dr said if no pain, no operation. ... (57 replies)
... pcb123 I know you still have pain after your surgery----onesage---wanted you to know most experience no more pain after surgery. I know I was told there was a chance of nerve damage, but my Dr. is also the Dr. who is a nerve damage specialist. He fixes other Dr. operations where they damaged ones nerve. So I was blessed to have one of the finest surgeons in his field for... (57 replies)
... I'm 11 months post op from a left thumb CMC arthoplasty and a heavy duty auto mechanic. My results have been fantastic. Yours will be too. ... (14 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. ... (18 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. ... (18 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)