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Posted by cisca kallansee on August 09, 2000 at 16:17:58:

In Reply to: Has anyone had or know anyone who has had major hand surgery? posted by Kevin B. on June 02, 2000 at 21:01:27:

I did replei your question last night but I cannot find it back!
How does this work?
I am from Holland and have RA for many years. About three years ago I had major hand surgery.
The result is not bad.
It took me 10 weeks to recover with lots of physiotherapy.
All the big hand joints are replaced.
I cannot get my hand fully streched or make a fist but it is better than before.
When you do nothing the fingers will be totally dislocated as you can notish in elderly people.
It is not very strong but carefull use is normal for anybody with RA, so no problems.

: I posted a message about this about 10 months ago, but had no responses. I fear I will need hand surgery in the near future. My fingers are angled over about 45 degrees at the metacarpals(where the fingers connect to the palm.) Pain has worsened and somtimes my fingers will twitch or even pull a little bit. I am a male in my 40's and have been hit hard by this RA. If anyone has had this type of surgery, what was actually done to your hand and what was the recovery like. I had a consultation with a hand surgeon last summer, and he said on one finger he would have to disconnect a tendon and reattach it to the other side of the finger to help hold it straight. All four fingers are angled over pretty bad, but the finger next to the pinky is the worst. Thanks for any response. Kevin B.

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