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hand CMC Arthroplasty - Done!

Discussion in 'Other Joints Forum' started by swmrgirl, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. swmrgirl

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    Hi All,
    I had My basal thumb joint surgery today. I had a nerve block in my neck and under my arm, so everything is comfortably numb (Pink Floyd reference). I smacked myself in the forehead with my plaster cast earlier which was a good reminder to slow down.
    Hope everyone is doing well,
    Julie
     
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    Glad your surgery is behind you, and you are on your way to recovery.
     
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    Just curious, how is your left knee?
     
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    Best of luck with your recovery! I did the same thing with my bandages. Whatever you for, resist the urge to use that hand and let the incision fully heal!


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    Welcome to the other side @swmrgirl ! How long will you have your cast on? Hope your meds are keeping your pain under control!
     
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    I'm feeling pretty good today. The anesthesiologist had planned to do the nerve block and sedation for the surgery, but apparently I was awake, so he switched to general. It takes me a bit longer to recover form general anesthesia and I have a headache and nausea today, but it's starting to ease up.

    The plaster cast stays on for 2 weeks, and then I'll get a rigid fiberglass cast for 4 more weeks. I won't start hand therapy for six to eight weeks. This is only day two, but it honestly feels very minor compared to TKR recovery. I've been given 10 mg oxycodone every 4-6 hours, but 5 mg does the trick. Also taking Tylenol every 6-8 hours and I'm feeling comfortable.

    @Pumpkln my left knee is not great. I am starting to experience more pain and instability now. I'm planing to have revision surgery in the fall after my hand is completely healed. Thanks for checking in on that.
     

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