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Dr-Mudd
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   Posted 7/17/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Today is July 18th it's been 3days since my right thumb was fused. Each day it's getting better and the throbing has finaly stopped, I am getting use to doing more things left handed. My Doctor told me he used a screw instead of a pin to fuse the joint this way he doesn't have to remove it. I will get the bulky dressing off on July 28th. I am down to only two pain killers a day now. That first day was a bear after the numbing went away. Sept 16th the left one gets done I can't wait until this is all over and I can go back to my hobbies of woodworking and golfing, I might have to wait til next year for the golfing. I will kee you posted on my progress or any setbacks. The operation only took one hour. Thanks for the letters of support and encouragement.
 
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
That's good news for you Doc. Good luck with the healing process. Jo

lionassad
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Doc I have a question about your fused thumb. How much motion will you lose on the thumb? I have to get my thumb fused also but I am worried about losing flexibility there.

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Dr-Mudd
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
So far I noticed I can not make a fist like I use too with my thumb inside my palm and the rest of my fingers folded over. My thumb was fused with a 5 degree bend inward so I will still be able to hold a pen and grip a bottle or can. I am now feeling things like I want to bend it but there is no responce when  I try. The 28th of July I will be getting my stitches out, I couldnt believe it when they changed the dressing that I had 16 stitches in the shape of the letter (H). It hardly hurts at all now but I still can't use it for another 6 weeks for anything heavy.
 
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lionassad
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   Posted 7/25/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Doc sorry to keep asking you all these questions. But will you be able to make a closed fist at all in the future with your thumb over your middle finger? The reason I ask you this is because I box and if I get my thumb fused will I have to stop boxing because I can't make a closed fists? What will be my thumb limitations with a fused thumb? thank you for your time

Dr-Mudd
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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
I tried making a fist like you described but could not do it. Because the first joing closest to my thumb nail is fused I can't bend it to touch my middle finger it just sticks out and I am afraid it won't work for boxing unless your doctor fuses it in a more bent angle. Hope this helps. Good luck
 
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sheryl=jk
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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Doc I am glad your healling is going well. I too have questions, i am a new comer to the arthrits forum, so i was just wondering why you had to have your thumbs fused. Due to arthritis?
And what does the fusion hope to accomplish for you? Sorry for all the questions just wondering.
I may have spinal fusion in my fututre with my L 45 And s1 area. But thats not been really talked about yet, I will ask that question the time comes.
 
 
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kehau
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   Posted 12/20/2010 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I'm new on this thread..Have severe RA..the last 2 years I've had a left ankle fusion..right hand wrist fusion..right thumb ligament repair(didn't work)..and just had right thumb fusion (closet to nail)..middle finger fusion (closet to nail) on Dec. 3rd...in a cast completely covering my thumb..small finger splint for my middle finger. this last surgery was ok. only the nausea affected me with vomiting..pain fairly good. removed stitches (thumb hurt)..I hate stitches! My doctor says knuckle replacements next (right hand)..spring..so PLEASE anyone if you have anything to share I would appreciate it! I'm scared..I hate stitches..when my wrist was done he cut top hand about 3-4 inches and the bottom about 3 inches...at least 50 stitches total! I cried and also cried when stitches were taken out on my thumb. Yes, I am a chicken!LOL! I am 59 years old..disabled..so I'd love to hear your experiences.....thankyou..I just have to remember how to get back on this site!!!!! How often do I check for responses?

moekelly24
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   Posted 4/22/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am facing thumb joint fusion also.. how bad did it get before you decided to have the surgery done? My thumb joint is currently about double the good one and have a few places in the joint that if hit wrong the pain is horrible. I can use my thumb but not able to grip strongly and also have a lot of numbness in the thumb. I cant bend it enough to touch the palm of my hand anymore either. I dont want to wait too long but dont want to get ti done too soon either.. thank you for your advice and I pray your recovery is great!
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