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Mon, May 20 10:48am · Living with Prostate Cancer: Meet others & introduce yourself in Prostate Cancer

OUMike, I'm 61 with a Gleason 8 and a PSA of 18. Waiting for Mayo to consult on my options for treatment. I live 260 miles from Rochester so I doubt I will stay in their system.

Sep 13, 2018 · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Yes, Lioness, there was quite a bit of therapy. It's a tough program. I am currently 60 years old. If I were a bit younger, I probably would have healed faster. If the injections are working for you, you are probably not as far gone as I was. I would stick with the least invasive solution. If you care to talk about it, I can provide you with my number.

Sep 13, 2018 · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello Lioness, I had bone on bone in the first metacarpal joint (thumb) of both hands. The injections are never going to give you back the cartilage you've lost. This is why I felt I had to go through with the joint replacement. I'm 10 months and 6 months post-op. Still in pain but hopefully things will improve the more I work on strength and flexibility.

Aug 6, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

My doc said I'd have whatever results at the one year mark. I am so wishing he's right. As it stands right now, I am in at least double discomfort compared to pre-op. Everyone heals differently. Follow your therapy and keep the joint mobile and stretched. Hydration is your friend. Improvement comes fast initially, then slows to hardly noticeable improvement. Be patient but don't give up. Good luck.

May 1, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

There is a youtube video of a Mayo patient from Florida. He gives updates for a few weeks. His last video is an update after two years. Surgery was performed down in Florida by the doctor who pioneered the implant (Jorge Orbay MD). If you are not familiar with Youtube, you need to get familiar. You can even see the operation on video.

Apr 29, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

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.

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

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.

Mar 8, 2018 · I have two bulging disks at L5-S1 and L5-L4 and looking for a very experienced neurosurgeon in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Herniated or bulging? Confirmed with MRI? You probably have recent X-rays as well? An experienced, well-respected chiropractor could save you the unpredictable outcome of spinal surgery. You would be doing yourself a huge favor if you engage the chiropractor first. Surgery is the absolute LAST option to consider. My wife is proof that the surgery isn't the best FIRST option(herniated and bulging causing pinched nerves at L5/S1 and L4/L5). A chiropractor surely helped her(but not just ANY chiropractor). Ask around.