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Wed, Jan 23 3:31pm · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

My surgeon offered the tendon relocation but I saw several of my Rx patients who were unhappy with the results. Please note my surgeon is in Chicago and I live in a small town in the West. I told him my concerns and since my first implant had been so successful that I preferred the newer implant. And if..a big if…this implant fails for any reason I can still have the tendon relocated. The pain was very tolerable. I did take Rx meds and gradually tapered off to routine acetaminophen. Drawing syringes, adding tubing and similar movements won't be allowed for at least 6 weeks. If I were you I might do my non dominant hand first in any case. If you've heard good things about this particular surgeon I would call his office, set up appointment and get his opinion. You might also ask if any of his operated patients could be contacted (HIPAA preserved of course). From Oct 24 til mid December I obeyed the " no pinching movements" and very gradually increased my use. I can tell you opening my Rx bottles with safety caps was still challenging, these were my personal bottles. It quickly reminded me why both my hands failed after 35+ years in pharmacy. Not sure I would ever be a dispensing pharmacist. But I'm retired so not a problem. Maybe you could ask for light duty after a few weeks of recovery. Hope this helps but probably raised more questions than answers. We're all different so one solution for me may not work for you. Do more homework. Best of luck!✋

Tue, Jan 22 12:10pm · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

I'm finally back!! and finished with 12 weeks of OT for my right dominant CMC Stablyx procedure. It's doing great. I had final range of motion measurements taken and they meet or even exceed my left hand (pyrocarbon, 2009). I still need more strengthening but I can do that at home. To the writer about the nerve pain…I have no pain but I did have serious bruising that went from wrist to elbow post-op. My surgeon explained that he had to lift a specific nerve out of the way so that it would not get caught in the scar tissue. Whatever he did the bruise disappeared and I have no nerve pain. Not sure this is your problem, just a thought. Would I do this again? You bet. If this new implant fails for whatever reason I can still have the LRTI. But I feel confident this will last. As with any implant it takes a year before your mind forgets you have something in that joint (had both knees replaced and speak from experience). I just have to use it responsibly. I was baking and decorating cakes before Christmas and sewing/quilting by the same time. I still have trouble opening caps on stubborn bottles but I've sent for a device I hope will help. In the meantime I still rely on the wonderful husband. You need to have confidence in the hand surgeon you choose. Although I was his first patient for the Stablyx my surgeon did a conference with the inventing doctor from Miami and performed several dry surgeries before attempting mine. He also had an assistant from the Stablyx during the surgery in the event of any complication, which did not happen thankfully. He had performed my first implant in 2009 and removed a glomus tumor from my left finger nail that had caused excruciating pain for nearly 20 years. Both of those surgeries are still great. Not everyone should have this procedure but it's worth looking at your options. Thanks for reading this long post. I'm sorry but I could not get any photos to load.

Dec 28, 2018 · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Seems older posts have disappeared so I'll update my story. I had CMC surgery on right thumb in late October, 2018. I chose the Stablyx implant. I've had a previous implant in left hand in 2009 which has worked great. That implant is not made any longer. I am now able to use my right hand for almost everything! Still doing OT twice weekly. My hand surgeon did 2 dry surgeries before using me as his first patient. I'm glad I did it and I have great confidence in him. Thanks for taking the time to read this.