Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement

Posted by var122 @var122, Jan 15, 2018

I do not know anyone who has had a cmc thumb joint replacement….anyone have any insight? I am 5 days post op.

@gordoapa

I have had similar problems with my thumbs, and Naproxen was not helping at all. It was, as if the medication was hurting instead. A friend recommended tart cherry juice and turmeric pills. After few months of eating better ( more vegetables) and following friends advice my thumbs are completely pain free. I’m 68.

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I am certainly no MD but cherry juice and the like are very common for my Gout suffering friends. Not for arthritis.

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When X-Rays indicate you have bone on bone, surgery is probably going to follow. You have zero % chance of having your articular cartilage growing back because when it's gone it's gone and your thumbs will never get better through conservative mitigation. NSAIDs and other pain meds will eventually cause unwanted, internal side effects. The longer you postpone the surgical intervention method of your choice, the more you increase your possibility of skeletal deformity and overall atrophy.

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Thanks folks. I am awaiting an appointment at the Hand Clinic, Mayo, Rochester. Currently using Tylenol3 and don't know how long I can use it. Involvement of other fingers exacerbates an otherwise lousy situation. I'm almost convinced that aging is not for the faint of heart.

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@gordoapa

I have had similar problems with my thumbs, and Naproxen was not helping at all. It was, as if the medication was hurting instead. A friend recommended tart cherry juice and turmeric pills. After few months of eating better ( more vegetables) and following friends advice my thumbs are completely pain free. I’m 68.

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Hi, bagus. Yep, that is what a lady in the rest home told my mom when she had her first gout flare. I still have the $8 bottle of cherry juice in my refrigerator. I should probably buy a new one and get it to mom. I guess her osteoarthritis is more problematic than the gout variety. so does it really work?

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@gordoapa

I have had similar problems with my thumbs, and Naproxen was not helping at all. It was, as if the medication was hurting instead. A friend recommended tart cherry juice and turmeric pills. After few months of eating better ( more vegetables) and following friends advice my thumbs are completely pain free. I’m 68.

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I don't have gout and I've never taken it and I am not a medical or health care worker of any kind. I do know that those friends of mine who had gout and who took cherry juice and ate dried cherries and such some of them said that they thought it work but they still continue to have it. I've had others that say that it doesn't work they just have to wait it out. So the answer is I don't know but I doubt it. Apologies for typos and run-on sentences. I do know grammar but I don't have the patience for these little windows

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Hi,
I’m new to this board, I’m a 44 year old male, firefighter,bagpiper, who has bilateral cmc joint arthritis, which is now bone on bone. I’ve gone through shots which don’t help anymore, had a nerve ablation with no relief, cold laser therapy with no relief, my dr has recommended the stablyx implant. I live a few hours away from dr Orbay who invented it, so am going to try and have him do the surgery. I’m trying to get some feedback from people who have had this implant. Would you recommend it? How long is the recovery time? Seems a lot shorter than some of the other surgeries. Any insight, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Scott

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Hello Chief! Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for posting. @stoney and @var122– Is this the same procedure you had done?

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I have had this procedure done to both thumbs. I'm 60 and in good shape. operations on 11/23/2017 and 2/26/2017. I'm putting my faith in the doctor's prognosis of up to one full year of healing. It is difficult to perform tasks but I get a little advancement of mobility with each passing week.

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Hello – I am considering Stablyx on both thumbs. Left one first as it is the worst… both thumbs are bone on bone. I do administrative work – just trying to get my ducks in a row as far as how much time I would need FML. Anyone out there give a rough time line? The doctor advised I should be able to return in about one week – of course with the hand bandaged and in a splint with the thumb immobile. Is this a realistic time frame? I have been trying not to use my thumb while working… amazing how much we need that thumb!!

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@stoney

I have had this procedure done to both thumbs. I'm 60 and in good shape. operations on 11/23/2017 and 2/26/2017. I'm putting my faith in the doctor's prognosis of up to one full year of healing. It is difficult to perform tasks but I get a little advancement of mobility with each passing week.

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How long was it before you started PT? Trying to get a timeline for being out of work.

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var122: did you have your treatment/surgery done at Mayo Eau Claire, or Roch? I live in NE WI and go to Roch, with my wife, a Mayo Scottsdale retiree, for chronic problems we have. Is a trip to Eau Claire worthwhile for evaluation and possible surgery? I have appt. with hand clinic in Roch end of May, but EC is a shorter drive and I wonder about the jhand surgery there. TIA.

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@flfirechief

Hi,
I’m new to this board, I’m a 44 year old male, firefighter,bagpiper, who has bilateral cmc joint arthritis, which is now bone on bone. I’ve gone through shots which don’t help anymore, had a nerve ablation with no relief, cold laser therapy with no relief, my dr has recommended the stablyx implant. I live a few hours away from dr Orbay who invented it, so am going to try and have him do the surgery. I’m trying to get some feedback from people who have had this implant. Would you recommend it? How long is the recovery time? Seems a lot shorter than some of the other surgeries. Any insight, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Scott

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I assist in surgeries for a living & my surgeon highly recommends taking the full 6 months to heal. Being that you & I are the same age & have a lot of "career" left before retirement, I agree with my surgeon. I had my surgery 1/10/18 & will not be going back to work until 7/10/18

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