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How long is the recovery period for thumb joint arthroplasty?

How long is the recovery period for thumb joint arthroplasty?

ABOUT 8 WEEKS: Requires active and passive assistive exercise at home 4 times a day and physiotherapy 3 days a week. ...Read more

Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Arthroplasty (Definition)

Surgical procedure for replacing a joint in the body which is diseased (e.x. arthritis) ...Read more


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Debating to have arthroplasty done on thumb. Dr. Says may loose mobility of thumb. Need advice to do or not to do.

Debating to have arthroplasty done on thumb. Dr. Says may loose mobility of thumb. Need advice to do or not to do.

Let me explain: When you arthroplasty, that should decrease your mobility of the thumb, if you have in a lot of pain in the thumb, do it, it will help. ...Read more

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On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

Patience: It could very well be that it may just take more time. You can get better from the arthroplasty up to 6-8 months. So if you are slowly getting better, you will likely continue to improve. If you are not getting better, or are even getting worse, you need to let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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I am 4 weeks out of cmc. Thumb arthoplasty. When I do gentle rom exercises I feel a strange band snapping sensation. No pain. Is this normal?

I am 4 weeks out of cmc. Thumb arthoplasty. When I do gentle rom exercises I feel a strange band snapping sensation. No pain. Is this normal?

Yes: After cmc arthoplasty catching and snapping w/ motion of the digits is a normal phenomenon. If it becomes painful or more persistent contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Typically how long are u in cast after cmc athroplasty surgery for basal thumb arthitis? And what is recouperation like? Thank you

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon surgical technique used and also surgeons preference. But usually about 6 weeks in cast, full recovery about 12 weeks. Thanks. ...Read more

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I had hand surgery (CMC arthroplasty; trapezium removed) 5 weeks ago. Is it normal to still have pain&stiffness in other fingers? Doing ROM, elevation

I had hand surgery (CMC arthroplasty; trapezium removed) 5 weeks ago. Is it normal to still have pain&stiffness in other fingers? Doing ROM, elevation

YES: IT IS VERY COMMON TO HAVE SWELLING AND STIFFNESS IN ALL OF THE FINGERS OF THE AFFECTED HAND POST OP. YOU CAN MINIMIZE IT MY ELEVATING YOUR HAND ABOVE HEART LEVEL AND GENTLY MOVING YOUR FINGERS BY TRYING TO MAKE A FIST. NOTE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO SQUEEZE THEM FULLY INTO THE PALM. ...Read more

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Will have cmc arthroplasty soon, what am l to expect in recovery?

Short term pain: Obviously you need the surgery to improve your quality of life, and help. Be prepared for several day of moderate to severe pain that may be treated with pain medications. After 2-3 weeks you may still notice mild pains but should completely resolve over 2-3 months. In the end, the goal is to be better off after surgery than you are now. Hang in there!! ...Read more

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How long does recovery take for a total hip arthroplasty?

How long does recovery take for a total hip arthroplasty?

Variable recovery: Recovery from a hip replacement surgery will vary patient to patient. We routinely perform the direct anterior total hip replacement and it is not unusual for the patients to be up and walking within several days with minimal pain. "Total" recovery can vary between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on circumstances. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

Knee Replacement: Typically 6 weeks. The wound heals in 2 weeks. Physical therapy continues another 4-6 weeks. In case of cemented knee, the patient is walking on it the very next day. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

Depends: Recovery depends on approach, fixation method, age and cofactors. Most patients are out of the hospital in 2-3 days. They walk with a walker for up to 6 weeks. By 3 months they are usually back to normal activities. The above are averages and some people are ahead and some behind those numbers. ...Read more

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Do glucosamine supplements help with knee arthroplasty recovery?

Do glucosamine supplements help with knee arthroplasty recovery?

No: Glucosamine is a building block in the formation of knee cartilage, so some have recommended taking it as a dietary supplement to improve the health of your knee cartilage. In a knee arthroplasty, the cartilage is removed and the knee is resurfaced/replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Since there is no cartilage left, any benefit, which is theoretical anyway, would not be seen. ...Read more

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How long does recovery after hip arthroplasty take? I need to have arthroplasty of my hip joint. Apart from my hip joint, I'm a healthy male in my mid fifties. On average, how long should I expect my recovery to take?

How long does recovery after hip arthroplasty take? I need to have arthroplasty of my hip joint. Apart from my hip joint, I'm a healthy male in my mid fifties. On average, how long should I expect my recovery to take?

Hip replacement: 6 weeks on average for collagen to heal--give yourself at least 12 weeks total to retrain the mscles for movement and gait.Consider direct anterior hip approach withich is muscle sparing. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I dislocated my thumb and it required surgery to relocate it, no muscle damage was present and only slight soft tissue damage, how long is recovery?

I dislocated my thumb and it required surgery to relocate it, no muscle damage was present and only slight soft tissue damage, how long is recovery?

4 to6 weeks: It seems you had open reduction without pinning. The recovery is fast and maximum time it takes is 4to6 weeks at the most. But since we don't know what surgical procedure you had, I suggest you ask the orthopedic doctor who did the surgery how long is the recovery in your case ...Read more

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9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

Thumb pain: Has many causes, tendonitis, arthritis, injury, strain, ligament laxity. A common condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor tendon or trigger finger. Full bending, flexion of the thumb can cause the index tip to bend, sometimes known as a linberg comstock syndrome (this is anatomy not an issue) and some will involuntarily flex other fingers. If there, pain, swelling seek medical rx ...Read more

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I cut a chunk of the tip of my thumb off with a knife. I went into the ER and they had to cauterize it to stop the bleeding. No bone. Recovery time?

Ouch!: It will take a week before you can keep it open to air and about 2 weeks when you can stop covering it with a bandage at all. The younger you are the faster it will heal. Try some Corium-21 on it after 4 days, it helps wounds heal much faster. You can only get this on line. Until that any triple antibiotic ointment will be fine. ...Read more

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I believe a massage therapist popped a vein on the inside of my thumb and index fingers. They look bruised and are very painful. Is it cause for concern? Any way to speed up the recovery?

I believe a massage therapist popped a vein on the inside of my thumb and index fingers. They look bruised and are very painful. Is it cause for concern? Any way to speed up the recovery?

Injury: For traumatic bleeding, rest the hand, applying cold intermittently for 48 hours and then switching to heat will help absorb blood products. NSAIDS like ibuprofen reduce inflammation. However if pain and/or swelling persist, consult a hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Numbness and pain in thumb, index finger from spinal bruising. Recovery & treatment?

Numbness and pain in thumb, index finger from spinal bruising. Recovery & treatment?

Hard to say: For sure without knowing the extent of the injury and your medical conditions but if there is no functional deficit and it is just sensory I would say a reasonable chance for improvement. Psysio may help but what have your doctors told you? ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from a total knee? Is it a painful recovery? I am very worried because I had a joint replacement in my thumb and I rsd

How long is the recovery from a total knee? Is it a painful recovery? I am very worried because I had a joint replacement in my thumb and I rsd

3-6 months: The recovery continues for 6 months or more. The most rapid phase is in the first 6 weels. At that time most patients will still have start up stiffness, mild swelling, difficulty sleeping through the night, and may still be taking pain medication. Those symptoms will gradually resolve by 3 months after surgery and patients will have returned to most all of their preoperative activities. ...Read more