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    Old 03-17-2018, 05:37 AM   #1
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    Life after LRTI Thumb Surgery

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    Any LRTI surgery advice? I need this, itís not super bad, itís where itís at and pushing the joint out.... my hands are very very strong, I am a massage therapist. The doc is one of the top hand surgeons in the US.... he said I would not loose my career which is my fear, Iím aware of the rehab that must happen.... I would like to hear from people thatís had this and how there recovery was, and time frame..... and especially those who really use their hands for a living...I know not to push things, recovery takes time. I guess Iím just very nervous, I love my 18 yr massage career and 20+ yrs working with and raising horses!!!! And honestly the ******* videos have scared me, and how some have recovered....Just very concerned....Thank you.

     
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    Old 03-17-2018, 09:50 AM   #2
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    Re: Life after LRTI Thumb Surgery

    Hi,

    I had LRTI on my left thumb about 5 years ago. It was considered a failure because that hand is now weak and still painful, although less so than before the surgery. This doesn't mean that you would have problems but a certain percentage of patients do with any procedure.

    This year I had the mini-tightrope procedure on my right hand. I'm still recovering so the jury is still out but recovery time (in the cast, starting PT, , ability to move the hand, etc) is definitely reduced with the mini-tightrope because it is less invasive. Have you researched the various methods for the CMC joint? You might want to do so and/or get a second opinion from someone who uses a different procedure. Whatever you decide I wish you the best.

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