I am a nurse who had basal joint arthroplasty done one year ago. It was slowly improving, although my thumb is still quite weak and pretty sore sometimes. For the past couple weeks my thumb has had increasing pain and is almost useless now. I am regretting the surgery and will not have my other thumb done because it's my dominant hand.
Has anyone else had problems like this?
I had Basal thumb surgery 3 years ago because of pain due to arthritis. It worked and was brilliant, then about 2 weeks ago my thumb has started being very painful again, also i cant bend it in the morning as it seems to set in the night. The past few days the stiffness lasts all day and when using it, it bends on its own accord and the pain is excrutiating, my GP has written to my surgeon to see what can be done. I dont know if this is a normal problem with this kind of treatment but i will let you know when i have seen the surgeon. Hope this helps.
Thanks for your reply! Since I wrote the last post, my thumb has improved alot. I think I may have arthritis in the joint above the basal joint. The joint I had surgery on doesn't hurt at all. Once in a while I get burning pain along the thumb that lasts a few seconds, but that is just nerve pain and can happen for month-years after any surgery. I was told by another hand surgeon that I know that a certain amount of stiffness is an expected outcome and that soreness on and off is common. In retrospect, I would have waited until I was much more debilitated by the thumb and had no choice but to have surgery in order to retain some sort of useful function in my thumb.
Had the same surgery on my left hand two years ago. Still experience pain in the surgery site, sharper and more intense than prior to surgery. Had a long recovery with a great deal of pain and swelling. Have spoken to numerous others who had the surgery who had no pain or complications. Like you, I intended to have surgery on my right (also dominant) hand after recovery of my left. Not now. Like you, I regret having had the surgery but from all research, it appears you and I are rarities. Most of these surgeries are successful.
It's been 2 1/2 years since my surgery and I still regret having it done. I believe I had a bad outcome that is not the norm. I can use my thumb, but it is much weaker than the other one and I now have arthritis in both joints above the site and chronic pain that is worse than the original arthritis pain. I have heard surgeons say this surgery should only be done to keep the hand for getting worse and will NOT fix anything. I would counsel anyone to wait and put up with the pain as long as possible before having it done.