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Fri, Nov 22 11:17am · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

I had the tendon replacement surgery in my right thumb in June of last year. I did so as my right hand is dominant. The regimen following surgery was tedious and not without pain, which after a couple of weeks became discomfort. Now, well over a year later, I still experience some discomfort in that thumb, and some numbness in the surgical site area. Yes, went through similar post-op protocol: splint, cast, another splint, only PT was instruction in exercises to do at home.
My left thumb is also in need of similar surgery. It is often quite painful and feels as if the thumb is out of joint. I'm hesitant because I don['t want to go through the entire thing again, and I'm trying to weigh the result vs. the discomfort now. Post surgery last year, the doctor gave me some pain med that really didn't do too much. The pump I went home with didn't do much either.
I'm struck by the fact that physicians are loathe to offer and write scrips for "opiods" as they "might" be habit forming in everyone. So what are folks to do? Most of my fingers, some of my toes, and some larger joints are quite painful from arthritis. Well, forgive my digressing. Frustrated.

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

Thanks. I think I'll stick with Roch.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Thanks for the response. My x-rays indicate that I need more intervention. Best for a nice holiday.

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

Good morning. I'm new on this sight and am seriously considering surgery for my thumbs as they are quite painful and arthritic (as are other fingers on both hands). I've been followed by Rheum. at Mayo Rochester, and one recent visit to a local NE Wisconsin doc. He suggests surgery, but no surgeons in network in my area,so considering returning to Rochester (we visit once or twice a year; wife retired Mayo in AZ).
I find that Tramadol/Tylenol does nothing for pain in fingers and am taking Tylenol #3, a couple of times/day. I'm sick of the pain and not able to have much grip with thumbs so sore. Ultrasound guided cortisone injections did nothing but cause terrible pain 8 hours post injection that lasted for about 36 hours. The injections did nothing to alleviate pain.
I cannot use NSAID's, am 76 YO male and at wits end. Suggestions, with thanks in advance.