Yep, had it about 10 years ago, it is a simple procedure, and has been
very effective. I had it in my right hand, I was at the point I could
barely pick up a pen and sign my name. Now all is good. Recovery for
me was about three or four days with just a bit of discomfort, but the
numbness had gone, with another couple to get the stitches out. With the
help of meds I was back at work the day after surgery.
I would not hesitate to do it again if necessary, but do not see that
day comingany time soon.
That's about where I am now. Good to hear. That's encouraging. Thank you!
Scheduled for surgery on the 22nd on my left hand on 3/22, and then 90
days later on my dominant right.
At my age, would just be glad to be able to play music again ...
It is really bad if you can't turn the radio on. :-)
Don't worry about it, just a local, quick snip and scrape and stitch it
up, and you should be out in no time. Stop by the pharmacy on the way
home, you may need the pain killer the first night, after that it is
easy. Are you wearing the brace? They are pretty cheap at a drug store
and do help, both before and after surgery.
If you're talking about surgery to correct dupotron's contracture, I had an
in-office, non-surgical procedure about three years ago and the results ha
ve been excellent. Rather than cutting into the hand to free the restricte
d tendon, the surgeon does so with a needle inserted at the problem site.
After stretching out the affected fingers, he placed my hand in a removable
cast for about two weeks.
On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:50:51 PM UTC-6, Swingman wrote:
I've had it on both hands and it was no big deal. There are two basic ways
to do the surgery: the old way involves a short incision vertically on the
palm (basically along the 'life line') and is well proven while the new
way, for cosmetic reasons, involves an incision along the base of the palm
in a crease and calls for more subtlety and a longer reach inside the palm
and means that more can go wrong.
In either method you will probably have a Bier block for anesthesia and
bleeding control. If, as a woodworker, you do a lot of complex glueups, ask
that you be allowed to keep the long latex band that is used for
compression of the arm. It does wonders in the shop, odd as it seems.
I was back at the lathe within days of both of my surgeries and had no ill
effects. Good luck.
On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:39:39 PM UTC-6, BenignBodger wrote:
That made me think.
A few years ago when I was active in the woodturning club, one of the most
talented woodturners in the club was about 75 at that time. He turned a lo
t and aggravated his hands to the point they almost didn't work, and the pa
in was constant even when he wasn't doing anything.
He went to a clinic in Houston (since they didn't offer it here at the time
) to have the procedure done on the most painful hand, then was turning aga
in in about two weeks but had to wear a bowling type glove for a while to s
tiffen his wrist. About six months later he had his other hand done, and t
he same results. I saw him for about 3 years after that and he told me he
never had any problems afterward.
Go for it!
I had that surgery on my right hand in April '04 and on my left about two years later. Was it
effective? OH HELL YES! Before the surgery, I couldn't move my right thumb far enough to
grasp a glass of water or bottle of beer, or pick up coins from a table. Three months post-
op, I could easily open my hand wide enough to grasp anything I could before the
problems started, and I could pick up a dime by the edges.
Has it lasted? OH HELL YES! I made tracings of each hand before surgery, and at intervals
afterward, to give an objective measure of how much my range of motion has increased.
(My issue was reduced range of motion in the thumb.) Not only has it increased in each
hand, but it *continues* to increase even ten years after the surgery.
My only regret is that I didn't have the right hand done sooner: although it's come back
much better than the surgeon predicted it would, some of the loss of motion appears to be
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