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Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Apr 10 7:51pm | Replies (103)

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@stoney – I’ll try to help with insight to my own experience.
First off, I too was bone-on-bone. I am 3 weeks post-op this past Wednesday. I will get my cast removed tomorrow, x-ray series & possibly another cast or splint.
Here is a link for what I have implanted: http://www.integralife.eu/products/recon/orthopedics/upper/hand-wrist/hand/nugrip-cmc-implant/
My size is 30s.
Right now, I can’t say whether I have improvement or not; too soon to say, lol! I will keep you posted on my own journey….
If you don’t mind a few questions:
1) how old are you?
2) what is your profession?
What does your surgeon say regarding your progress? Did he give you an idea of how you should be progressing?
My surgeon said it will take approximately 1 year from the surgery to have the optimal results….

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Thank you for your info and link. I am 59 years old, USPS retired, but very active handyman. I had a mini CMC joint stabilizing custom splint brace applied to my surgical hand after only five days (cast removed)and the follow-up x-rays at two weeks. My surgeon did not schedule a follow-up exam. I live 150 miles from the surgery center. I am now waiting to hear from that surgery scheduling department about having identical surgery on the opposite thumb, so I guess the surgeon will get a chance to examine his work after all during my pre-op examination. I too have heard optimal results can be expected after one year. It will be 12 weeks post-op tomorrow and I was not expecting to have continued swelling around the surgical area and first finger. I have full use of the hand with obvious weight limitations.

Hi. My husband is interested in the polycarbon implant. May I ask which surgeon you used and how you found him? Also, how is the implant working for you? We live in the Denver area but are willing to travel. Thank you for your time