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Old 11-17-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Thumb Basal joint fusion surgery


I was diagnosed with DeQuervains about a year ago. After a couple of months of treatment, my Ortho discovered it was Thumb basal joint arthritis. I have been on celebrex and received a few cortisone shots. I still do not have relief. My dr gave me an option of LRTI or fusion surgery. I chose (and he recommended) fusion. Has anyone had a fusion like this before? I have researched the surgery and it seems to work ok. I just wanted to hear some real stories. Post surgery, how much help will I need at the house (I have a 2 yr old son)? Will I be up and around a day or two after? How long will I have to be out of work? I asked my dr so many questions last week, but I forgot these questions. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: Thumb Basal joint fusion surgery

How did your surgery go? I have thee same problem, had the tendon transfer surgery last May, and am still in a great deal of pain. Today, my doc declared the first surgery a failure and is now recommending the fusion. I'm very active and am worried about what functionality I might lose? Will I still be able to do a push-up, for instance?

Would love to hear about your experience!

 
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:37 AM   #3
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Re: Thumb Basal joint fusion surgery

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How did your surgery go? I have thee same problem, had the tendon transfer surgery last May, and am still in a great deal of pain. Today, my doc declared the first surgery a failure and is now recommending the fusion. I'm very active and am worried about what functionality I might lose? Will I still be able to do a push-up, for instance?

Would love to hear about your experience!

Hi!

I had the fusion surgery on 13 Dec 2012. I am still in the recovery process and my ortho said it may take another 6 weeks to see the final outcome of the surgery and to ensure the fusion worked.
I am also very active. I don't foresee performing a push-up anytime soon. Maybe in some time, a fist push up? Im not sure what kind of limited movement you have with your last surgery, but I am surprised that my thumb is very limited. I can't put my hand flat on a surface (yet). Did you have the LRTI surgery?
I really hope this fusion worked! I do not like being so limited. I have a 2 yr old son and he keeps me moving!
I am still in a spica splint for another 6 weeks and have a 2 lb limit on what I can pick up with my left hand.
Are there any other specific questions you have? Like I said, I am still in recovery and not sure how much movement I will have. When is your surgery scheduled? What happened with your first surgery?
Take care!
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #4
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Re: Thumb Basal joint fusion surgery

I was wondering if you could update how your progress has been. I am inquiring for y mom as she is pondering having this surgery done.

 
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