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I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness,tingling, tightness,sensitivity,is this normal ?

I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness,tingling, tightness,sensitivity,is this normal ?

Yes: It takes time for the inflamed tissue to heal both from where the surgery was done and from around the nerve that was injured. Then it will take time for the nerve itself to heal. I just had this discussion with my hand surgeon. The nerve heals approximately 1-2 mm a day not counting the first month after surgery. Give it time. ...Read more

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For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

No. Irritation: The irritation will make it worse. Saint it for rest or get a shot of cortisone. Surgery is if all else fails. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery do I need for a broken right thumb?

What kind of surgery do I need for a broken right thumb?

Need more info: There are a lot of bones in the hand and wrist, and exactly what needs to be done depends on the exact injury, even within the same bone. The repair can be anything from one pin placed internal, to a plate with 2 or more screws also placed internally, to 2 pins placed through the skin held externally. Some fractures heal well without surgery. It all depends on the specific injury, and the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had trigger release surgery 3 months ago and I am still unable to bend my thumb. Is this normal?

I had trigger release surgery 3 months ago and I am still unable to bend my thumb.  Is this normal?

Could be: After your release surgery- is your thumb still ratcheting or completely bent and gets stuck? See your hand surgeon for details. Physical therapy is important after hand surgery and might be necessary to get full range if motion back. ...Read more

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What's the pain like after having surgery for a torn ligament in the thumb?

What's the pain like after having surgery for a torn ligament in the thumb?

Different for all: Pain is percieved differently by all of us. Some of us have a higher pain tolerance than others but your doc will give you something for the pain. ...Read more

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I am having an MRI for a discolated thumb and possibly surgery - should I be concerned?

I am having an MRI for a discolated thumb and possibly surgery - should I be concerned?

Generally one does -: Not require surgery for dislocations, unless the collateral ligament (s) or the tendons are disrupted and caught between the bones.
Mri would confirm that.
Follow the post-op instructions closely to maximize the result of your treatment.

Good luck. ...Read more

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What is thumb release surgery?

What is thumb release surgery?

Trigger digits: Thumbs, fingers are typically repsonsive to corticosteroid injections. For those that are not or are associated with a more severe triggering or a fixed contracture or a tendon adherance or are just resistent to treatment and are uncomfortable, surgical release can work well. While any procedure can have a complication or side effect, in general the procedure works well. ...Read more

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How do you heal trigger thumb without surgery?

How do you heal trigger thumb without surgery?

trigger thumb: Oral and topical nsaids as well as rest can sometimes be of benefit. Cortisone injections are also very popular and can be quite effective. ...Read more

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Should my child with a trigger thumb get surgery?

Should my child with a trigger thumb get surgery?

Yes: This sounds like a case of congenital trigger thumb, which usually resolves by age 2. If still present after age 2, surgical treatment is the only viable option. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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How long should I were my sling after thumb surgery?

Slings are usually: Worn very briefly if at all. The sling keeps the hand dependent lower tha the heart and increases swelling as we'll as adding to elbow and shoulder stiffness. Ask your surgeon but personally I do not like slings. Make sure you really need it. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

Thumb release: Varies but most of my patients report improvement at their first post-op visit at 1 week when the dressings come down and more so when the stitches come out at 2 weeks postoperative. On average, if they have had a work note filled, then they are back to work between 2 - 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there done successful surgery for trigger thumb?

Has anyone out there done successful surgery for trigger thumb?

Yes: Trigger release surgery consists of simply opening the tendon sheath so the tendon no longer gets caught. It is almost always successful. ...Read more

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How long until i can drive again after surgery for trigger thumb?

How long until i can drive again after surgery for trigger thumb?

The next day: After surgery, i usually dress patients in a soft bandage. This allows maximum flexibility and use of the hand. I allow patients to type, write, and drive one day following surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a trigger thumb to be successfully treated without surgery?

Is it possible for a trigger thumb to be successfully treated without surgery?

Trigger Thumb : Sometimes a trigger thumb can be treated with an injection of a corticosteroid into the tendon sheath. However, if this doesn't work then surgery is really the way to go. Its a simple procedure that only takes minutes to perform and can solve the problem with minimal risk and downtime. ...Read more

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Can Trigger Thumb be treated without medicine or surgery by exercising the thumb?

Can Trigger Thumb be treated without medicine or surgery by exercising the thumb?

Trigger: Due to the mechanism of this condition, wherein a tendon has abnormal thickening, it is rarely treatable with simple exercise. There is some benefit to custom splinting, but usually the condition requires injections or surgery for correction. ...Read more

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I had shots on my trigger thumb about 6 weeks ago and it not working. Should i get another shot or go for surgery?

I had shots on my trigger thumb about 6 weeks ago and it not working. Should i get another shot or go for surgery?

Your choice: While there is little harm in trying the injections again, i usually tell my patients that is the injection has no effect, surgery is the best way to be sure that we fix the problem permanently. Speak to your surgeon about the risks and benefits of the surgery so you can make a choice you feel comfortable with. ...Read more

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Can a tendon/nerve still be attached back in place after 7-8weeks of waiting for surgery, and it is on the inside of my right thumb?

Can a tendon/nerve still be attached back in place after 7-8weeks of waiting for surgery, and it is on the inside of my right thumb?

Yes: Generally following a nerve and tendon injury repair should be done within 1 week. If there is delay, the nerve is easily repaired usually after removing the neuroma that generally forms at the site. As for the tendon, 2 months after injury can be difficult. It can be done, but generally it is performed with a tendon graft taken from your wrist or leg. Sometimes multiple surgeries are required. ...Read more

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Thumb pain at base of thumb and some on inside by ucl. Unable to pinch or hold a cup etc. Had gamekepper surgery 2 times. Whats wrong?

Thumb pain at base of thumb and some on inside by ucl. Unable to pinch or hold a cup etc. Had gamekepper surgery 2 times. Whats wrong?

In anyone with UCL: Tear of the mcp joint of the thumb) 2 prior procedures with pain perhaps the stability that was needed just oculdnt be attended. I assume base means the mp jointnad not thereal "base: as in the cmc joint. Damage to the joint from the orignal traumatic episode may preclude complete relief of pain. With good stability then it deends upon how much pain before fusion but hard to rec at age 19. ...Read more

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I just had atitches removed after having surgery on my thumb yesterday . It looks like there is a little opening in the surgical area.

I just had atitches removed after having surgery on my thumb yesterday . It looks like there is a little opening in the surgical area.

Show your incision: I am assuming you had something excised and after removing sutures you see an opening? If wound is dry, with no discharge or fluid oozing out, no redness around, and not much pain, then your wound is probably fine. if in doubt, show a doctor/ provider. ...Read more

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Who is a good cadidate for tendon transfer surgery? I have been having some trouble with my thumbs and i just heard about this procedure. Who is a good candidate for a tendon transfer? .

Who is a good cadidate for tendon transfer surgery? I have been having some trouble with my thumbs and i just heard about this procedure.  Who is a good candidate for a tendon transfer?

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I : I asume the thumb issue may be at the base of the thumb and the proceedyre you are talking about is an anchovi proc. It is used for carpal-metacarpal joint arthritis where the joint space is removed and essentially stuffed with tendonenous material as a spacer and cushion. ...Read more

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Does a torn ligament in your thumb require surgery?

Often yes: Ligament injuries to thumb can be minor, such as a sprain (partial tear), which only requires immobilization. More extensive injuries, like a radial or ulnar collateral ligament tear, require surgical treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can trigger thumb surgery hurt?

Can trigger thumb surgery hurt?

Trigger digits: Thumbs, fingers are typically repsonsive to corticosteroid injections. For those that are not or are associated with a more severe triggering or a fixed contracture or a tendon adherance or are just resistent to treatment and are uncomfortable, surgical release can work well. While any procedure can have a complication or side effect, in general the procedure works well. and many have local only ...Read more

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Does trigger thumb surgery work?

Does trigger thumb surgery work?

Yes: It is usually very successful. The long-term success rate following trigger finger/thumb surgery is about 98%. ...Read more