Posted by maxine
on September 19, 2000 at 17:59:08:
In Reply to: Arthritis and hand surgery posted by Marci on August 12, 2000 at 17:05:20:
: Has anyone on the board had hand surgery because of arthritis? My middle finger is twisting, looking deformed,and is very painful.My doctor has advised surgery to correct this and I would like to talk with someone who has had this done before making a decision. Any input will be sincerely appreciated.
I had surgery on my middle finger of my writing hand--the doctor inserted a screw because the finger was twisting and badly bent (what I have resembles Reiter's Syndrome but in my case has affected the ligaments in my hands). I'd say thta the surgery was successful. I can now write without pain though there's some adjustment to having an unjointed finger in that occasionally I bang into things. I have another finger that could use the same surgery though basically it would be cosmetic and I'm not particularly concerned with that--so I guess what I'd say is that if the issue is function the surgery can be useful.