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.