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Is anyone suffering with thumbs Ive had this for awhile , Dr would inject the thumb but now my rheumatologist refused so am seeing a orthopedic Dr has anyone else had this problem?
The Anchovy method is a well tested and proven surgical procedure to remedy the CMC joint pain associated with bone on bone arthritis. It is an "all-natural" solution to your problem.
I'll see my hand surgeon next week – he is extremely talented and has saved me several times. I think he will agree to this – but I want to be sure he uses the replacement parts you suggested. I also need something done with my right shoulder, so I have to decide what to do first. As it is, I can only lift one pound with my right arm. The shoulder surgeon is also incredibly talented and getting ready to retire – so that is a consideration. I was excited to learn I will be able to type shortly after the thumb surgery.
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Hand surgeon said he is not happy with any of the devices for thumb replacement. He said he will only use my own tissue – moving the tendon down. I tried to get him to sign me up for the second surgery three months after the first, but he said I wouldn't want it that soon. He said give it six months. I'm going to get it done in January – after I've got the tulips planted.
I think you'll be satisfied with that decision. Good luck!
@parrotqueen I take it your surgery went good on the thumb. AH yes plant those tulips . then you can watch them get big when you are recovering .
I just met with the surgeon today. He has done previous surgeries on my shoulder and hands, and I know he is an excellent surgeon. I am thinking I will get the surgery in January – and yes, I will be able to watch everything bloom – but I have to get the work done NOW! I have maybe 30-40 things to plant, not counting the tulips. ACH!
I'm thinking I'll need some easy on and off shoes and clothes for a while. I don't know how on earth I'm going to be able to medicate my two parrots – they get medicine in the morning and evening by syringe (they have arthritis too!). I hadn't thought of this aspect yet. Will I have use of any fingers on the hand that is operated on? About how many days post-surgery do you think before I can use the hand? I was good to go after two days with shoulder surgeries. One of the birds won't come near me if I even have a bandaid on. They usually come around once I've let them see what is going on and I talk to them. But I am worried about drawing up their meds. What do you think – 2 or 3 days before I can use my fingers to help me? I understand my thumb will be quite tender.
@parrotqueen By planting and getting things done now before the surgery this should give you a mental life hopefully . Then to see your accomplishment while revovering will give you gratitude . Let me know how you are doing . We care here at connect .
@parrotqueen Jumping in here about the parrots. Can you feel the syringes before you have surgery the amount you will need then refrigerate them for use after surgery?
I recall having "some" use of my fingers with the thumb being isolated in a splint. It's like the tips of your fingers are exposed and can be used for balance and support functions, but no weight or force can be applied to them. I like @lioness suggestion with pre-loading syringes.
Hi there Linda @lioness and @parrotqueen, @stoney, I just wanted to comment and confirm what your hand surgeon told you. The anchovy surgery is outpatient but also a tricky one. Evidently it usually occurs on the non-dominate hand first which is the one that you wear out holding doors open, steadying kitchen utensils, etc.
For me, the pain was a toughy although I did make it to Mahjongg in a couple of days. I lived at 6,000 feet elevation and the surgery was done at sea level.
The change in altitude caused so much swelling that the bandage became way too tight. I had to go back down the mountain and have it redone. Just a word to the wise. Altitude matters. Have a dose of joy today. Chris
I will ask about preloading the syringes – the problem is that both medications require shaking (enalapril and tramadol). That is a good idea – I will ask the vet about that. I know the birds are going to be super freaked out by something on my hand. Also, one bird will only take the medicine if I wrap a towel around her first. UGH. I may have to postpone this surgery. I have had birds since I was 15 and I am 68 now. They are old and I am old. I might be able to get a friend to help me for a few days but I hate to ask.
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