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Court reporter
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   Posted 5/3/2012 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled to have my thumb joint replaced on Tuesday, May 8th. PLEASE, everyone that has had this done, PLEASE, be honest and post a couple answers for me: 1, How much pain are you in right after surgery, and what kind of pain exactly. 2, Is the tendon replacement the way to go. 3, recovery and therapy. Thank you all. I am scared, as I am a court reporter and will not be able to do my job for quite some time. Very worried and ready to back out. Also don't handle pain too well. Please help asap!

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   Posted 5/3/2012 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thumb joint surgery is a pretty common topic on this forum. Here is a link to one thread:
 
You can find other such links by entering "thumb joint surgery" in the SEARCH box towards the top of the page.
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Court reporter
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   Posted 5/4/2012 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much!!!

Court reporter
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   Posted 5/4/2012 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
SHould I expect horrible pain? Moderate?

anxious annie
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   Posted 5/4/2012 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Had thumb joint surgery in 2004, best thing I ever did, no pain since recovery.  The basal thumb joint had completely deteriated and the bone fragments cut through a tendon.  Went to a surgery center in the early morning, went home around noon. This is what happened one step at a time.
 
First was an IV,  then I was given 5 shots of a numbing solution in my armpit, ( did not hurt ).  This numbed my arm and it stayed numb until evening of the next day.  Was put to sleep, the surgery removed the joint and the tendon joined my wrist and thumb back together.  Woke up with hand and arm in a cast and then sent home with pain meds.  It was a three month recovery time because you need therapy to learn to use the thumb.  Truthfully the pain meds worked so well that I don't remember a lot of pain afterwards, but my arm was numb which really helped.
 
Don't be afraid, I am the biggest wimp that ever lived and I made it through with no problems.
 
Best of luck,
Annie

anxious annie
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   Posted 5/21/2012 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Court Reporter,
 
Hope your surgery went well.  Please let us know how you are.
 
Annie

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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had same surgery the same day. However it was my second time, I had the other hand done two years ago. Hope you are doing well. Most miserable part for me is the pins and the cast. Only three more weeks to the splint and then things get much better.
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