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    basal joint arthtoplasty
    An_254919 posted:
    I am 70, take care of mom who is in a wheelchair most of the time. I have bone on bone in both thumbs and after reading all the posts am scared out of my wits. I have dealt with a lot of pain, but I have reached my limit. Not sure how I am going to do this. My daughter wants me to come to her house, but is not able to take care of mom because everyone works. I was going to wait until she passed to have this done, but just don't think I can wait. Not sure what I would like to hear from you all as posters. I also take care of 3 acres, mowing and raking and flower beds, and koi pods, as well as working part time. I am really nervous and scared. I would appreciate any and all encouragements. Thanks,Karen
    An_255223 responded:
    I had R thumb joint replacement October 23, 2013. I have had FANTASTIC results!!! The surgery went excellently, had a terrific hand surgeon and was in a cast for 5 weeks after the initial 2 weeks of a splint while the swelling went down. Best of all, the PT lasted only 3 weeks and with a hard splint, I went snowmobiling! I cannot be happier, I could not have had a better outcome. Did it hurt? Minimally at the incision point. Do I continue to have some minor achiness, yes but NO WHERE NEAR the excruciating pain prior to surgery. "Thumbs Up" from me! Linda
    mariajohnson responded:
    After the surgery they will put the brace which would feel uncomfortable at times. Also the healing process is slow in the surgery. But I have read that after a week of surgery you can start using your hand. So best luck for your surgery.
    PGray11763 responded:
    I had basal joint arthoplasty surgery on October 17, 2012, a Wednesday morning, and I was back to work on Monday. I work on a computer all day and I was able to still type with the splint and cast which keeps the thumb immobile for healing. I wish I could do my left hand, even with insurance it is very expensive. I totally understand about responsibilities, I have a 17 year old son, take care of my 90 year old mother, live on 2 acres, and went through a divorce after 25 years of marriage all at the same time. I have a wonderful group of friends to help me, but I was back doing things very quickly. I have full function and no more pain.
    lynlu responded:
    Had R thumb joint done in2004, L one in 2005. I was store cake decorator. Was worried about making roses on rose nail,{ have to turn this with thumb}. Was in cast for 6 weeks, lots of therapy ,LOT of pain. Went back to work after 3 months. Dr. took tenden from forearm ,rolled it up for ball joint. NO PROBLEMS FOR ME! You will need HELP, bathing, dressing , meals. Daughter might need to take vacation , family medical, Mom needs help at 70, some things you will not be able to do. Daughter time to help Mom!

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