... Remember to plan ahead for clothing. Be sure to wear something to surgery that you can put back on with a large dressing on your hand. ... (7 replies)
... Hi Stephani,
You will only be on pain meds for about 1 week after your surgery. If you do not use your hand for the amount of time you are told not to use it, your recovery should advance smoothly. It is very important for you to keep your arm raised above your heart, so the blood flows back easily to your heart. Raising your arm also reduces the swelling.Keep you arm raise... (7 replies)
... I am one week away from CMC Arthroplasty with tendon transfer. ... (7 replies)
... The fusion will limit the flexibility of your thumb. the tendon graft is a bit more recovery time. Depends on what you do with your hands. ... (14 replies)
... Both surgeries (right hand last April, left hand last December) were trapeziectomies with ligamentous reconstruction using the FCR tendon. I did not have a tendon interposition (aka "anchovy" procedure). I am now 56. (22 replies)
... I am also curious about PT. I am 4 days post op with a splint/bandage. My followup with the Dr. is 2/4 (12 days out) and first PT is 2/6 (two weeks after surgery)
That seems a bit soon compared to most here. BTW, a million thanks to all who have posted on these boards; I have read them all over the last few months and they have helped tremendously.
The lady who... (22 replies)
... My surgeon removed the entire trapezium and used half of the tendon to stabilize everything. That is the common version, although there are several different tendons that can be used. ... (35 replies)
... ve been in pain and depressed and just not feeling like doing much of anything. Oh ...and I'm angry . Angry that my Dr gave me that 3 month line of BS before the surgery and NOW is telling me a it will be a year. ... (5 replies)
... wrapped around the bones in my left thumb as I had lost all the cartilage there due to having arthritis in the thumb area. ... (131 replies)
... Hi Everyone!
Thank you all so much for posting your experiences....its so helpful to others looking for information and encouragement.
I have previously posted my experience, but in a nut shell I had LRTI in left nondominant hand sept 21 and right hand done nov 2. Both surgeries went really well. I have a very experienced Dr and he says it couldnt look any better. He... (10 replies)
... I had surgery last week and just wanted to share my experience with anyone who might have questions about it. ... (10 replies)
... Thanks. I had the steroid injection & it did work - but alas - my doc won't give me another one.
Stenosing tenovaginitis? Above my pay grade! :D (2 replies)
... I much prefer the term Stenosing tenovaginitis, much more exotic than trigger finger or thumb. Incision of the tendon sheath seems always curative although a hydrocortizone injection is helpful. Hope the operation gives you complete relief. ... (2 replies)
... Will probably have surgery in December. Not too interested in recovery info, just how long to start driving. ... (7 replies)
... I sure hope it heals fast fo you, dont you have to have a tendon cut for trigger finger? ... (42 replies)
... I am having the same burning but I don't have a pin, just the tendon harvested and placed in there. ... (7 replies)
... How was your pain and did you feel this surgery was worth it? ... (7 replies)
... The surgery is 'LRTI arthroplasty'. LRTI stands for ligament reconstruction with tendon interposition. ... (7 replies)
... I had surgery on my left thumb 3.5 weeks ago. There is a pin inserted between thumb and index finger bone to hold it in place, and I am casted so can't see what is going on in there. ... (7 replies)
... therapy today. I know pain levels are different for everyone but for me, the pain is soooo much less that what I had before. Even my most painful days after the surgery were no comparison to what I had before. That being said, I have very little range of motion in the lower part of my thumb. ... (14 replies)