Been watching your recovery G-of-2 as it appears that I will have to have this procedure done too.
In fact both thumbs are bad.
This past April started to have stabbing pain in the right CMC joint and was told it was Arthritis.
Gradually gotten worse. In the middle of May had a cortisone injection which did little to nothing.
Have seen two ortho's now and will more than likely be having to have the LRTI in the very near future.
Somewhat worried as I have to type still for work.
Still wearing a thumb splint too but it's just so so.
"They" say "it'"s a 90-95% recovery and that "it" will last 15-20 years.
I think many underestimate this. In fact, many of our members report symptoms of PTSD post op.Surgery makes people feel quite vulnerable, I think.
I went through something very similar with my surgeon's office. My surgeon is in a group of other Drs with one set of people answering the phone and a separate text message system. My phone calls and texts went unanswered for weeks. When I finally saw the Dr I told him what was going on and also said "I like you as a Dr and need my other thumb done, but if your office is going to treat me like this I will find a new Dr" I was given an extension directly to the Dr's aide and they now call me back very quickly. My OT is fine once the appointments were figured out. I hope all goes better with you.Frustration. A week or 10 days after my L hand surgery, an OT removed the cast in the morning and created a heavy plastic device (with a sock-like fabric under it) to protect the hand. Within minutes, I was in the surgeon's office, where he examined the surgery sites and pronounced everything good.
This time, no OT appt was made--just the surgeon appt. So yesterday I phoned to ask for one, only to be told it had already been made ("Didn't we send you the date in the mail?" "No, you didn't.") For the second time (first was right after the surgery), I made sure to specify that I did not want "Sue," my L hand's OT.
Today, a call from the OT scheduler: "Sue, your OT, will be on vacation that day."
"Sue??? I've explained twice that I want 'Ben,' instead!"
"Oh, we never heard about that. Just as well, I guess. I can get you in with Ben the next day."
"But that's backwards! How can the surgeon examine my hand with the cast still on? If he removes it, my hand will be unprotected for 24 hours!"
"Well, I don't know anything about that. You'd better call his office. We don't communicate with them directly. We use entirely different scheduling programs."
I call his office. Thirty rings, no answer. Call again 30 minutes later. Answerer: "I don't know anything about that. I'll leave a note and someone will get back to you."
Four hours later I call again. Reach a different woman. "I don't know anything about that, but I'm sure it will all work out fine."
"Fine in what way? Will my hand be unprotected for a full day?"
"Oh, I'm sure he'll wrap a splint or something around it."
"Have you heard this directly from him?"
(Annoyed) "Well, no. Look, he'll probably read your note sometime today and somebody'll probably get back to you tomorrow."
I am left pondering whether or not the removal of the cast might be delayed until whenever the surgeon's and "Ben's" stars align... days? A week? Never the twain shall meet?
I'd been patiently counting down to next Tuesday... I'm now left counting to next Wednesday. Thursday? Friday? Christmas?
I don't understand how the surgeon and his OT dept. can have such poor communication with each other and with me. It's a small building. Two surgeons. The hand surgeon uses the OT staff; the knee surgeon uses the PT staff.