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    Old 10-20-2016, 07:24 PM   #1
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    tThumb cmc arthroplasty complications

    I had thumb cmc arthroplasty surgery on my left hand due to arthritis about 5 years ago with no complications. Then about 7 months ago I also had it done on my right hand. The surgeries were done by different surgeons as the 1st surgeon (who I thought was great) moved and was no longer available to do the 2nd surgery.
    Anyway the surgery on my right hand has been nothing but problems. First the incision didnít heal right away. Since then I have yet to regain the use of my thumb and have continually had pain not only in the thumb and joint but also into the wrist and up into the lower part of the arm. There is no strength and it's as bad if not worse than before the surgery.
    The surgeon has told me that I now need another surgery on the tendons in the wrist to correct this problem. I did not have these issues before the initial surgery, only the limited use of my thumb, pain and loss of strength.
    He has not done any tests (x-rays, mri, ct scan) or anything else other than press on my wrist with his fingers and watch as I flex my fingers while he's pressing on the wrist.
    Can anyone tell me, should I get a 2nd opinion or is that all he needs to do in order to know what's going on?
    I'm anxious about another surgery after the 1st one he did hasn't worked especially when the surgery on my other hand/thumb by the other surgeon went so well. Thanks for any and all help!

     
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    Old 10-21-2016, 01:36 AM   #2
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    Re: tThumb cmc arthroplasty complications

    Sorry to hear of this but it sounds like my surgery some years ago with continuing pain. I did get a second opinion recently. I was told there didn't seem to be a problem with how the surgery was done. He said that 85% have favorable outcomes, 15% don't. He considered mine a "failed surgery" with nothing to be done at this point. I would encourage you to also get a second opinion as your situation might be different, considering that you did have success with your first surgeon.

    I wish you well with this.

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    Old 10-21-2016, 04:53 AM   #3
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    Re: tThumb cmc arthroplasty complications

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    I had thumb cmc arthroplasty surgery on my left hand due to arthritis about 5 years ago with no complications. Then about 7 months ago I also had it done on my right hand. The surgeries were done by different surgeons as the 1st surgeon (who I thought was great) moved and was no longer available to do the 2nd surgery.
    Anyway the surgery on my right hand has been nothing but problems. First the incision didnít heal right away. Since then I have yet to regain the use of my thumb and have continually had pain not only in the thumb and joint but also into the wrist and up into the lower part of the arm. There is no strength and it's as bad if not worse than before the surgery.
    The surgeon has told me that I now need another surgery on the tendons in the wrist to correct this problem. I did not have these issues before the initial surgery, only the limited use of my thumb, pain and loss of strength.
    He has not done any tests (x-rays, mri, ct scan) or anything else other than press on my wrist with his fingers and watch as I flex my fingers while he's pressing on the wrist.
    Can anyone tell me, should I get a 2nd opinion or is that all he needs to do in order to know what's going on?
    I'm anxious about another surgery after the 1st one he did hasn't worked especially when the surgery on my other hand/thumb by the other surgeon went so well. Thanks for any and all help!
    Yes, do get a 2nd opinion & yes, your doctor should give you at least an xray to see exactly why you have pain in the area that he operated on.
    I wish you well.
    Haydena.

     
    Old 10-21-2016, 11:13 AM   #4
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    Re: tThumb cmc arthroplasty complications

    I'm sorry to hear you're in pain after the second surgery. I had some trouble after my second CMC surgery. First I got DeQuervain's tendinitis, then I discovered that I have arthritis in an adjacent joint that is giving me some trouble. Getting a second opinion is a great idea, preferably from someone in a different practice. In your situation, I wouldn't feel comfortable getting more surgery without seeing another doctor who does more investigation. Best of luck to you and I hope you find relief.

     
    Old 11-01-2016, 10:24 AM   #5
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    Re: tThumb cmc arthroplasty complications

    So sorry to hear this. Have you asked a hand specialist physical therapist what they think? I know sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome goes along with the arthritis. My surgeon checked with me before surgery to make sure I didn't also have that. Is that what he thinks it is?

    It does seem like some kind of imaging might be called for before more surgery. It seems like a good idea to get a second opinion.

    I hope it will all be satisfactorily resolved for you. Keep us posted!

     
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