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Old 11-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #31
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Re: Basal joint surgical treatment..Effective???

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Hey Biya,

Wow - that's very discouraging that no one replied to your post. I just found this board today. I had surgery 3 weeks ago and am wondering how you are doing? I had the arthroplasty with ligament reconstruction.

I hope you found answers. Did you have surgery? If you did, how has recovery gone?
I just had the same surgery 1 week ago. I am still in the thick bandage. Lots of aching rught now. Really wanting out of this bandage.

How are you at this point?

 
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:33 PM   #32
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Re: Basal joint surgical treatment..Effective???

I just had the same surgery 1 week ago. I am still in the thick bandage. Lots of aching right now. Really wanting out of this bandage.

How are you at this point?

 
Old 11-17-2009, 06:51 AM   #33
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Hey Biya,

Wow - that's very discouraging that no one replied to your post. I just found this board today. I had surgery 3 weeks ago and am wondering how you are doing? I had the arthroplasty with ligament reconstruction.

I hope you found answers. Did you have surgery? If you did, how has recovery gone?
Actually, Biya was the one who started this thread and there have been many responses. Thanks Biay for asking the question. It gave a lot of us the opportunity to share and encourage one another.

Also, JoyNett, is an example of this great group of encouragers. I am glad I had my surgery and I have yet to find someone who isn't.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:08 PM   #34
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I had CMC arthroplasty with tendon insertion about 6 weeks ago. Cast was applied week 2 and I had to have a new cast about every week due to extreme discomfort. The incision healed well but the cast was never comfortable- Had the cast removed this week and was amazed at how weak my wrist had become. Started OT but must have done too much as my thumb/wrist became swollen and very painful. My doctor wanted to put my hand and arm back in another cast but I said NO! We settled for a wrist/thumb splint to immobilize my wrist and have to keep everything immobilized for another 3 weeks before doing any more OT.. I still have significant pain as the day progresses, but it much better than those first few weeks.
I am hoping that this was worth all the pain eventually as it heals. Did not expect the process to take this long but per my doc this is not unusual.

 
Old 12-13-2009, 08:03 AM   #35
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I had CMC arthroplasty with tendon insertion about 6 weeks ago. Cast was applied week 2 and I had to have a new cast about every week due to extreme discomfort. The incision healed well but the cast was never comfortable- Had the cast removed this week and was amazed at how weak my wrist had become. Started OT but must have done too much as my thumb/wrist became swollen and very painful. My doctor wanted to put my hand and arm back in another cast but I said NO! We settled for a wrist/thumb splint to immobilize my wrist and have to keep everything immobilized for another 3 weeks before doing any more OT.. I still have significant pain as the day progresses, but it much better than those first few weeks.
I am hoping that this was worth all the pain eventually as it heals. Did not expect the process to take this long but per my doc this is not unusual.
Oh dear!!! Please don't be discouraged!!! It does take a while to get your strength back. I remember asking my doctor, "will I ever have strength in my hand and wrist again?" He said, yes, it will take a while but it progressively gets better. He was right! I used to have to hold a jar upside down with my strong hand and the glass part in my weak hand and then turn the jar lid until it pops the seal, turn right side up then open. In other words, you learn to compensate. Now, I can open a jar normally. My strength isn't what it used to be, but that is okay because I don't have pain at all any more and I can pretty much do everything I could before.

Hang in there! It will be worth it!!! It was for me I had my temporary cast for a short time then a hard cast for 6 weeks then a removable splint. I wore a removable splint for quite some time when my wrist became sore or tired after the few weeks that I was supposed to wear it. I carried it in my bag, just in case. Just use wisdom and work it when you can, rest and protect it when you need to. I had my surgery 2-1/2 years ago. Time went fast

We are here to encourage you

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #36
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I just had the same surgery 1 week ago. I am still in the thick bandage. Lots of aching rught now. Really wanting out of this bandage.

How are you at this point?

 
Old 12-13-2009, 12:15 PM   #37
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Thanks for the quick reply. It sounds like it will take longer than I originally expected to fully recover. How long did the discomfort last before you were pain-free?

 
Old 12-14-2009, 06:12 AM   #38
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Thanks for the quick reply. It sounds like it will take longer than I originally expected to fully recover. How long did the discomfort last before you were pain-free?
I had some bearable pain when I used my hand for several months, but I was pain free with lots of use probably 6-8 months or so and I had to baby it sometimes when I did overused it. I am a very busy person and I might have pushed it too hard at times. Everyone is different though and you might be pain free quicker. But it did take a while to get the strength back. Time goes quickly though and it will all just be a faint memory Hang in there!

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Old 12-17-2009, 08:42 PM   #39
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Hi,

Just had surgery yesterday--have been in a lot of pain, but doctor was nice enough to prescribe Demerol today--hydrocodone and Motrin didn't cut it. Now I'm feeling fine. I'll keep you updated.

Gayle

 
Old 12-19-2009, 01:01 PM   #40
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Has anyone experienced numbness or hypersensitivity on your thumb since having this surgery. I cannot stand to have anything touching this area and my Occupational Therapist said this happens sometimes due to nerves that are cut and then become "confused" after the cast is removed.

 
Old 12-20-2009, 06:19 AM   #41
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Has anyone experienced numbness or hypersensitivity on your thumb since having this surgery. I cannot stand to have anything touching this area and my Occupational Therapist said this happens sometimes due to nerves that are cut and then become "confused" after the cast is removed.
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Yes, I did have some hypersensitivity that was caused by nerves that were cut. Hang in there, it will get better

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:03 AM   #42
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Thanks for your quick response. I love this board as I cannot find anyone that has had this surgery. The support and feedback is wonderful..Happy Holidays

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Old 12-20-2009, 09:20 PM   #43
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Yes, my thumb is having the same concerns. The outside of the thumb is numb and I cannot stand to NOT have my elastic Ace bandage on that hand. I return to my surgeon on Wednesday and am hoping for some answers. I am 5 weeks out from the surgery. From the knuckle to the end of the thumb of very sensitive.

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Old 01-24-2010, 08:21 AM   #44
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Re: Basal joint surgical treatment..Effective???

Hello Biya,

I cannot tell you how long the recovery will be as I just had the surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am starting to feel better, but you should be prepared to expect that there will be a very painful week following surgery, and will definitely need the pain medication they prescribe for you. The hand specialist had me return to his office 2 weeks after surgery to remove stitches. I jokingly said that I knew why they didn't want to see anyone before 2 weeks because their patients would think they jumped from he pan to the fire after the first week. I have a very high pain theshold and was completely taken back by the degree of pain. I had a joint replaced at the base of my big toe about 9 years ago, and that was a cake walk in comparison to this surgery. I am still having a great deal of pain in my inner forearm where the tendon was removed and in my thumb itself as well as the opertion site. My incisions were small. There is about a 1" incision where they removed the bone, and a little over a 1/4" where they cut the tendon (about 2" down from the other incision. I can thankfully say the pain is getting better. I don't want you to be scared over my description of the pain. I only want you to know what to expect afterward. It will feel worse before it feels better. I do have nice mobility in my hand meaning I can touch my thumb to each of my fingers. So I am sure that I will have full function. Healing takes time and patience and some pampering of yourself when you need it. Good Luck with your surgery...I am sure you will be fine.

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Old 01-24-2010, 12:53 PM   #45
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HI- I am 2.5 months post surgery. I have almost complete mobility in my right hand and thumb. Still some discomfort when I overuse my hand. The first 2 months are the worst since I had a cast for 6 weeks- UGH. Jury is still out but I know that I am in way less pain than I was before the surgery. I had no option as steroids were no longer an option. Good Luck

 
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