Surgery Thursday – May 14 – Also 3 Things Thursday

So yesterday, May 14, was “Surgery Thursday.” AND 3 Things Thursday!

I’m now typing with my left hand, because of course I’m right-handed! This issue started as osteoarthritis and continued to degenerate to the point that bone was grinding on bone, and created bone fragments. My thumb joint has been swollen and painful now for several months, and I’ve lost a significant amount of functionality.

Compare-Contrast Thumbs
Compare-Contrast Thumbs

 Thursday Thing #1: **SURGERY**

So the surgery involved first removing the bone fragments, followed by these steps (as described HERE):

1-First, the trapezium bone at the base of the thumb was removed. This bone has joint connections to three other bones – and any of these may develop arthritis.

2-The second step in the surgery involved making a connection between the adjacent sides of the base of the thumb and index finger – to maintain the thumb position.
This connection is usually made with a tendon graft and can be done in several different ways. 

3-The third step was to make a cushion to pad the space between the bones where the trapezium bone used to be. This cushion is usually also made from a tendon graft so that the base of the thumb rests on a pillow of your own body tissue, rather than on the rough surface of an arthritic bone.

Hubby Dave brought me to the surgical center yesterday morning at 7, surgery was at 7:30, I was in recovery at 8:45, and we left around 9:45.

Thursday Thing #2: **POST-SURGERY**

This was the result post-surgery. Splint, bandage, and ace wrap for the next 11 days. Keep elevated and don’t use my hand. No lifting, no letting arm hang down.

My Splinted Thumb and Arm
My Splinted Thumb and Arm

Thursday Thing #3: **RECOVERY**

When we got home, Dave got me all settled on our bed, and our pups joined me. After awhile, I fell asleep and slept for about 6 hours!

Puppy Guardians
Puppy Guardians

So…with these restrictions for the next 11 days or so, I’ll have to change my format somewhat, since typing with one hand takes too long. I might be sharing some guest posts (let me know if you are interested!) and copying/pasting/revising older material.

Please stay with me and stay tuned!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. That’s quite an intricate surgery, I wish you a speedy recovery! Thanks for linking up to #3ThingsThursday and I hope you get all the rest you need!
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  2. Take your time to recover. Listen to your body. It always guides you about what you can do. You look so comfortable lying under the blanket with your dogs.
    You can use one of my past blogs whenever you want. Just let me know.

  3. I had a total knee replacement 8 weeks ago and I am intolerant to all anti inflammatory medication I have been prescribed. Each time I do exercise etc my knee swells up and is very stiff. I am using ice and rest. Is there any remedy for this.

  4. I’m having the surgery on my right (i.e. dominant ) hand in one week. I’m scared of what the whole recovery involves. I hate to depend on others, but I know that’s how it’s gonna be for a while. Any words of encouragement from someone who has been there are welcome! 🙂

  5. Hi. I’m having my left hand done in four weeks. The waiting is nearly killing me.
    It is encouraging to hear from others who are recovering .
    I am a nurse. How long do you think I will be off work?
    How long before I can drive , etc, etc, etc.

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