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Sun, Mar 24 1:58pm · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

I still have pain 🙁 I think it's due to the carpal bones near the cmc joint having arthritic changes. I had a cortisone shot at the beginning of January '19 with minimal relief. I am back to taking Aleve twice daily to help with pain & keep inflammation at bay. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next, but will try conservative measures for now….I have at least 19 more years of work. I changed jobs so that I can manage my pain better. Not the sunny report I would have liked to have given 🙁

Sat, Feb 2 4:27pm · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

@gbreierson – Hi! My new thumb jt seems to be good, but unfortunately I have just as much pain in my hand as I did prior to the surgery. I believe it's because I am having arthritic changes in the carpal bones of my left hand near the cmc joint. I currently take Aleve twice daily (a.m./p.m.) & have had to resume cortisone injections. Too much use causes pain, of course.
I do not think I will ever be able to go back to assisting in surgeries in the same capacity.

Apr 30, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

Also, I would plan on 6 months off which could be evaluated as you heal…you may be able to go back sooner with restrictions. I cannot return to my job with any restrictions, therefore I'm at the 6 months post op for return to work 🙁

Apr 30, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

Rochester by Dr. Elhassan. I work at Mayo Eau Claire.
At the time of my eval in Oct. 2017, Mayo EC didn't offer the CMC Pyrocarbon joint replacement. I've heard that may have changed 🙂 Best to call hand ortho in EC & inquire…like I said, they may now offer it. Otherwise, I am very pleases with Dr. Elhassan & would recommend him.

Apr 30, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

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

Mar 24, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

Hello @bagus
Every 3 month steroid injection sounds excessive. How long have you been doing that? Too many injection erodes the joint quicker 🙁
If you are interested in an implant (NOT a silastic implant), I would ask your surgeon for a referral to someone that does them.
Personally, I went with the implant due to my age & what I do for a living. Everybody situation is different & perhaps a tendon ball/wrap would be sufficient for you. I do think it's worth checking out all possible ways of surgical intervention so that you are well informed on the pros & cons of each procedure.
I'll see if I can search out a potential surgeon from my surgeon in the Denver area…. My guy is a professor of hand. microsurgery orthopedics at Mayo Rochester (Dr. Elhassan), so he trains a lot of surgeons himself….

Feb 27, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

You are looking at the implant in my thumb 🙂