... 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)
... Pretty much there are not many different things to do, you just keep doing them and your thumb will be back to normal. I thought the same thing. The putty is a really good exercise. 12 weeks is real early. ... (14 replies)
... Well yesterday my therapist did a re-evaluation and I have gained some strength and flexibility in my thumb. I still would like to switch therapists, but this is the only place that takes my insurance. I don't feel she's having me do enough to gain muscle strength. I hope my window of opportunity for healing is not lost as I only have a few more sessions till I use up what... (14 replies)
... I don't think mine is quite as bad as yours was, but my thumb is definitely pulled in so my palm is like a bowl instead of flat. ... (14 replies)
... That was the worse, I did suffer severe nerve pain, but my dr said that is expected because that large nerve is moved aside during surgery. It has to get back to normal from being disturbed. I was anxious because I had no feeling, I had painful numbness up to 6 weeks post - op, but then it just went away and it's all normal now. I have to say that weeks 1 to 5 are the... (14 replies)
... s watching me play piano and said how natural my right hand moves now and he said my left hand, which I never noticed since I don't look when playing, he said my thumb on my left hand is compensating and over extending and it works hard and looks deformed. ... (14 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... (14 replies)
... I asked the PT yesterday about basal joint surgery results and he said in his experience patients generally recover much more quickly without the tendon reconstruction or "anchovy" method. ... (18 replies)
... I also have the dreaded Bone on bone in my thumb. I am scheduling my surgery tomorrow, but he never really did explain to me what the procedure entails.. he did say something about replacing a tendon, but that was about it. ... (18 replies)
... I, too, had been in pain from my thumb basal joint arthritis for many years. ... (18 replies)
... and it went well and my hand is as strong as it was when I was 30 years old. It's just "normal". I totally recommend this surgery if anyone of you out there need it. ... (18 replies)
... I had my surgery April 30 2013. I wish I had done it sooner! I had a bad case and need the left done too. ... (18 replies)
... I had basal joint surgery a week ago tomorrow. ONE WEEK AGO tomorrow. My doc also said it was one of the worst cases of basal joint arthritis he'd seen. ... (18 replies)
... What exercises are you doing?
Glenda (16 replies)
... Hey everyone! Just checking in. I'm 3 weeks and 1 day post op. The good news, is I didn't get the K-wire! They just removed the trapezium and put in a heavy duty "tightrope" that is anchored between my thumb and first finger to keep the joint from collapsing while healing (scar tissue has to grow in). Bad news is I'm still in enough pain to be taking the prescription pain... (16 replies)
... Someone mentioned it seems like thumb is shorter but really not. Just won't stretch as far without pain. Maybe the weather here in michigan in the winter has something to do with that too? ... (16 replies)
... I don't know, I had full casts and splints for 3 full weeks, then intense therapy. I could not have had a good outcome should I have had to travel away from my place of care. I even needed some emergency care for unbearable nerve pain in which the cast had to be removed and put back on. I wish you the best. Travelingal, don't travel away until you know all is well!, that's... (14 replies)
... My right hand started to give me trouble 21 months after I had the surgery on my left hand. ... (61 replies)
... My repaired left thumb has been sore in general around the area of the surgery. I guess it would be the anchor points for the CMC Arthoplasty. It is also some what swollen. ... (61 replies)
... DJ, dont wait too long as the damage to the bones gets worse, the pain, as well.
Suffering & pain are not in my book!
I wish you good luck & take care of your hand.
Haydena. (61 replies)