thumb fusion operation, eeekkkk!

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ally-cat
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   Posted 10/22/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi There,
I have suffered from RA since i was little (i am now 23) and my doctor told me i would benefit from getting my thumbs fused. I am going to see him next week to talk about the operation, however i would like to hear first hand from other arthritis sufferers who have had this or a similar operation. I am mainly concerned about recovery time (and how much time i will need off work, if any??). Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Alison

CaMama
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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alison, Welcome to HW! There are a lot of wonderful people here and hopefully someone can give you some feedback on the surgery.  I was just wondering, is the arthritis that bad that you feel fusing would be your only option? You just seem so young to have that - though, I know if the pain is that severe, they say fusing will make you feel much better. What joint on the thumb will they fuse? What type of immobility does that cause?
 
I'm sorry I'm not much help, only curious and wanted to welcome you.
 
Take care. **
 


ally-cat
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   Posted 10/24/2006 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your message CaMama,
The doctor said that my thumb is beyond therapy and that fusion would have the best results. He also said that it would result in less mobility, but more strength (and less pain, yay!). From my understanding the joint that will get fused is the one closer to the wrist (i dont know the technical name sorry), and i have to get both thumbs done, but hopefully not at the same time. I am going back to see him next week with my mum, and have prepared a bunch of questions to ask.

Thanks very much for being so welcoming, it is good to know there is a place where i can ask questions and get answers from people who are in the same boat!

erin.K
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Alison & welcome to HealingWell :-) i can totally understand how you feel.  i do not have the specific problem you do, but boy!....if i could have someone do a knee replacement on me?....i'd take it in a heartbeat!  i'm just 25, so you're not alone...arthritis' do not age discriminate unfortunatley.
however, a friend of mine...her brother has RA, and he had his WHOLE HAND...all the joints FUSED!  and it turned out wonderful. he's VERY happy with the outcome & has pretty much zero pain from what i hear.
so, i feel you're making a good decision. and that's great you have family support.
keep posting here & keep us updated on how you're doing! :-)
sincerely,
erin
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


erin.K
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, by the way Alison....where else does the RA effect your joints the most beside the hand? i've terrible issues with my knees, ankles, elbows & shoulders. the knees especially.
thanks much!
erin
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


ally-cat
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   Posted 10/25/2006 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erin,

Thanks for letting me know about your friends brother, it made me realise that i am lucky i only need my thumbs done! I have arthritis in the same places as you as well as hips, neck, back, jaw...pretty much everywhere. My knees also give me trouble, especially after a long busy day. The best thing for it is a warm wheat bag!

I will keep posting about whats happening, and look forward to hearing from you again!

Cheers,
Alison :-)

erin.K
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   Posted 10/25/2006 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

cheerio Alison!

you know, that's funny you mention the wheat bags.  in september i was in the hospital for a week & a physician came in to check on me, i had my heating pad...and he yelled at me nono well, not yelled at me...but wasn't happy as to i might set the place on fire. tongue

he suggested:

i get a tube sock, fill it with slow cook brown rice, add a pinch of water, and microwave this rice sock & use it as a heating pad. funny stuff.

nonetheless...I HID MY HEATING PAD the entire length of stay. tongue

you take good care, talk to you soon!

erin


Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


ally-cat
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   Posted 10/31/2006 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

Just an update; I have been booked in to get my right thumb fused on November 30th. After talking to a couple of different people i decided that having the surgery is the best way to go. I also found out that it is only day surgery (so no staying overnight in a boring hospital, yay!). Hopefully the recovery time is not too long, i want to be able to use my hand by the time i go back to uni!

Thank-you for all your comments, best wishes,
Alison :-)

CaMama
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   Posted 11/1/2006 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Good luck Allison, keep us posted on your progress.

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Dpete
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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I had my right thumb fused last Feb.  And my left one i just had it done Nov. 1st when  I had my right thumb fused I also had joint replacement on my pointer finger, middle finger and my pinky. I am getting along pretty good. This last surgery I also had joint replacenment on my pointer finger.

dpete


ally-cat
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   Posted 11/3/2006 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dpete,

You sound like you have been through a lot, i hope you are recovering well and are not suffering too much discomfort. If you dont mind my asking, how long were you in a cast for after your thumb fusion? How long did it take for you to regain the use of your hand? Sorry for all the questions, i am a bit curious about what to expect after surgery.

I hope you get well soon, take care,
Alison

yalinda
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   Posted 11/4/2006 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
juist wanted to shout out a hello and good luck to you both alison and pete. good luck with the fusion keep us posted. yalinda

Dpete
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   Posted 11/4/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Allision,

First let me tell you I am 60 and have RA since 2001 It has been tough and painfull. It has destroyed my knuckle joints. That is why I had surgery. I was not in a cast I had a hand splint during the day then changed it at night to another hand splint  when I went to bed holding my fingers straight and a hard protected cover for my thumb for about 3 months. They had to do my pinky over in May cause it dislocated. My thumb healed good I have no pain in it. I went to therapy for 3 months. After the hand splint was taken off I started to use my hand. It has been 9 mths my thumb is great but I still dont have the strength in my hand but it took me 5 mths to be able to use a curling iron. If  I had only fused my thumb it would have only been 3 mths. recovery. They can only do 1 thumb at a time. I was off work for 2 1/2 weeks. I do office work so I was lucky there. Using the computer with one hand was not as bad as I thought it would be.At least now I dont have the Ra pain like before. Good luck to you. Keep me informed.

Dpete

 


Dpete
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   Posted 11/4/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Allision,

I forgot to mention that I had my surgery about 10:00 Am Nov. 1st was home by 2:00 pm seeing it was only fusing my thumb and one joint replacement. I took pain medication till Fri. am. Since then I havent had any at all. I go and see the doctor Monday. The bandage that I have on now should come off then and then the hand splints come on and of course therapy. Stitches should come out in 1 week. Right now I have no pain at all just the first couple of days it was very painful.

dpete


Dpete
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   Posted 11/7/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alison,

How have you been? Haven't heard from you. Hope you are feeling ok.

Dpete


ally-cat
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   Posted 11/7/2006 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for the late reply Dpete,

I am going pretty well. I have exams at uni at the moment, so i have been locked away in my room busily studying. I also had to let my boss know about my surgery, and i was a bit worried about what she would say, but she was really great about it. i was so relieved!

How did you go on Monday with your doctors appointment?

Alison

Dpete
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   Posted 11/8/2006 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi
I was a little concerned. Im glad that your boss understands. You said your surgery is Nov 30 what hand is it? Do you have RA or what caused your joints to go bad. Or is it both hands.
My drs appt went well. They just changed the dressing. Today I go to therapy at 7:00. He well splint my hand. I can hardly wait cause the dressing I have on now is very uncomfortable. After your surgery your thumb will be fine it will not hurt. The healing process is what takes time and patience.
Have a nice day
Dpete

ally-cat
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   Posted 11/9/2006 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dpete,
I am having my right thumb done, and once it is better i will be getting the left one done as well. I have had RA since i was young, however the pains in my thumbs is not from active inflammation, but from the damage done when i was younger. i have no cartilage or cushioning between my thumb joints which means the bones are grinding together. to avoid having a joint replacement the doctor wants me to have the fusion to stop more damage occuring.

i am glad your doctors appointment went well. i am glad to be hearing from your about what you are going through, it is helping me to prepare myself!

Take care :-)

Dpete
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   Posted 11/9/2006 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alison,
The same thing happened to me. My joints completely destroyed. Im glad I could put your or anyone elses mind at ease. No one wants to go through surgery but I look at it like this in about 2 months I will be on the mend. That is what I am looking forward to.
keep in touch.
Have a nice day
DPete

ally-cat
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   Posted 11/19/2006 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dpete,
I was just wondering how your recovery is coming along?
Alison

Dpete
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alison,

I am doing fine. I had therapy this morning. I just hope  I can get this splint off in another month and a half. How have you been? You said your surgery is Nov 30th. What time? What did your doctor say about recovery time? Will you have to go to therapy?  Doctors are different I know a lady that her joints replaced and they put a cast on her and no the therapy. I have a dynamic splint and therapy. Have a nice thanksgiving and hope to hear from you soon.

Dpete


ally-cat
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   Posted 11/22/2006 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dpete,

I am heading into hospital at 7am on the 30th Nov, i am not sure what time my op is, but it only takes 1.5hrs and i get to go straight home. The doctor said to take at least 4 weeks off work, this way i would be more flexible in arranging the follow up appointments and the times for casts/splinting and therapy. He did say that i can go back to work earlier if i feel up to it. The doctor did not go into detail about the therapy, what kind of therapy are you getting at the moment? what is a dynamic splint?

i am glad to hear you are well, hope you have a great thanksgiving!

Alison

Dpete
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   Posted 11/22/2006 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Alison

I had therapy to day and all they is try to get my new joint moving nothing with the thumb. The dynamic splint goes up my up to about 4" below my elbow and it has a sling holding my new joint straight and it also covers my fused thumb so I dont move or bend it. Kinda hard to explain what it looks like pretty weird looking.

You have a nice thanksgiving. Hope to hear from before your surgery.

Dpete


erin.K
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   Posted 11/22/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Alison,

Can't cross my fingers for you, lol, but best wishes to you with your surgery!


ally-cat
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   Posted 11/25/2006 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your advice and encouragement guys! i will keep you updated with my progress :-)
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