About to Have LRTI Surgery - Tips for Recovery

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booksluv
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   Posted 10/14/2015 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having LRTI surgery on my right dominant thumb the end of October. I am seeing a lot of comments about pain and long recovery. Please share your tips for meds and recovery help. Not sure whether to have a nerve block or to be put out. Comments? Also, all in all, will this let me sew, bead and craft after recovery?

Jake'sMom
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   Posted 10/16/2015 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I booksluv, and welcome. I don't know the answers to your questions.

A while back, there was a post about this subject. This forum is a bit slow, so it may take a while to get some responses from people who've experienced what you're facing.

I wish I could help you more, but wanted to welcome you anyway.

Best of luck with your surgery and recovery.
Stacey

Osteoarthritis, bursitis, Cervical Disc Disease - pinched nerves, Raynaud's, migraines, severe anemia, severe allergies, anxiety & PTSD

Artist505
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   Posted 11/5/2017 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I am new to this forum, but have read many of the older posts from those that had LRTI surgery. They were very helpful! Especially, the informative and encouraging ones from Haydena.
I had the surgery 6 weeks ago on my left, (non dominate). I also had a lax tendon on the upper part of my thumb tightened. I was in a bandage/half cast home from the hospital, 4 days later I was put in a fiberglass cast just short of my elbow for 4 weeks. My cast was removed and my physical therapist crafted a removable custom splint basically the same length as the previous cast. I have been in that for about 10 days. I take it off to massage my scars and do limited and very gentle exercises. After the first few days post surgery the pain was manageable without strong pain meds. I only had major pain when I tried to do to much or failed to keep my hand elevated for long periods of time.
I am an artist with a busy handmade artisan business. The biggest challenge for me has been not being able to do things. I am feeling better everyday. At the moment my biggest complaints are frustation and scar discomfort. I massage the scars 4 times a day with an olive oil arnica formula and use silicone gel strip on the scars most of the day.
I purposely choose having my non dominate hand done first to judge if I wanted to have my right hand done. I am terrified of losing my fine motor skills. From every thing I have read and posts I’ve read here I think that is unlikely. I expect to be able to be able to do much more than I have been able to in the last couple of years. I believe being consistent with the post surgery instructions and exercises,(working with a physical hand therapist if possible) has a lot to do with the outcome. It is not a speedy recovery but most think it is worth it.
Booksluv good luck with your surgery.
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