I had both thumbs fused the right one Feb. 2006 and the left one Nov.2006. I havent had any trouble with mine. The one I had done in Nov. is still a little stiff. But it took the the one I had done in Feb. several months for all the swelling to go down. I had screws put in mine not a tendon.
Do you experience any weakness? Would you be able to pick up a baby and play catch without having pain afterwards? Are there any limitations you feel that you have other than the decreased range of motion? I do not have any swelling or stiffness. Just pain with use.
Thanks for sharing.
The left one that was done in Nov. I still cant use it like the right one. But I have no pain in either one. I have no weakness and I would be able to pick up a baby and play catch to. Even now that my left one is still a little stiff. I can turn the knob on my washer without pain. It was the best thing I had done. I also had 3 joint replacements on my right hand and 1 joint replaced on my left hand. Keep me informed on how you are doing.
Thanks for your replies Katherm and Eureka. I did not experience the marble thru a straw or the explosion type of pain after the arthroplasty but mine was also very intense. The second surgeon said that it had totally come apart...it was attached to NOTHING on the bottom part where the first surgeon had put it in. I had many sleepless nights with the throbbing pain. PT and the first Dr. just kept telling me it would take time. It is better after the fusion but I am by no means pain free. I am able to work half days. I am a hairstylist......talk about hand over use! The thing that causes the most pain is lifting my grandkids. Just a couple of times and I am back to the throbbing pain for several days.
Eureka, I am somewhat confused as to how you can have arthoplasty after fusion. I guess you are saying it totally failed so they could still go in and take the wedge of bone out since they had not fusioned together. What a mess! The Dr. told me arthoplasty is 98% successful. Some of us have to fall in that 2% I guess. Glad it is working better for you. I have read that fusion can fail also and you are the first I have heard from that it has happened to.
Katherm, I was in a cast for 5 weeks. Started very limited PT at 6 weeks and returned to very limited work at 8 weeks. I was told the fusion takes a full 12 weeks so I needed to be very careful for that time frame. I will certainly look into the power scrubber and the Gizmo. Thanks for the tips. I found a swedish cutting board that really helped me that has prongs that stick up to hold an apple or potato. It's on a handicap hand gadget site www.wrightstuff.biz/swedcutboar.html Kind of pricey but saved my fingers. They have some other good stuff there too.