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Doctor insights on: Thumb Surgery Recovery Time

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How long should I were my sling after thumb surgery?

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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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

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Trigger thumb surgery. What does it involve?

Trigger thumb surgery. What does it involve?

Release: .Trigger thumb release is an outpatient procedure, typically you get an IV and some mild sedation to keep you comfortable. A local anesthetic was used to make the thumb numb and a small incision is made at the base of the thumb to release the strap which is irritating the tendon. Afterwards you can do light activity within a couple of days, no heavy lifting for approximately 10 days. ...Read more

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How long after my wrist and thumb surgery should I wear my sling?

How long after my wrist and thumb surgery should I wear my sling?

Ask your surgeon: Sorry, but the only person who's allowed to decide your guidelines for post-operative care is the doctor who is operating on you. That said, I'm guessing that you shouldn't need a sling very long, because the sling immobilizes your shoulder, not your elbow or wrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat greasy food such as pizzas after receiving a thumb surgery?

Is it okay to eat greasy food such as pizzas after receiving a thumb surgery?

Sounds good: I would go for it if you are back to your normal activity and not having pain or nausea issues. I assume you have already eaten without any problems. I wouldn't want my first assault on the stomach after surgery being pizza or chicken wings. Have fun. ...Read more

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How long after trigger thumb surgery can I go back to work I work in a kitchen

How long after trigger thumb surgery can I go back to work I work in a kitchen

2 weeks: You have to let the wound heal and sutures out. A few more days for some of the soreness to go away. You probably won'be completely pain free but well enough to return to work for a kitchen. ...Read more

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Do you need a cast after thumb surgery?

Thumb surgery: Some times you would need a cast after thumb surgery. Some times a protective dressing would be adequate. Your surgeon would be the one that I would take advice from as he/she will know how much protection and for how long it will be required following your particular surgery.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a long term bad side effect of trigger thumb surgery?

Is there a long term bad side effect of trigger thumb 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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During club thumb surgery are you put to sleep or do u feel everything??

During club thumb surgery are you put to sleep or do u feel everything??

What, no feelings?: The surgery can be performed either under general anesthesia (asleep) or local anesthesia (just your thumb). Either way, you should not feel any pain other that a small needle stick. ...Read more

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Do you get put to sleep during club thumb surgery or do you feel everything?

Do you get put to sleep during club thumb surgery or do you feel everything?

Anesthesia: Options are being awake or delayed along with a local nerve block, or being fully asleep. Don't worry, while there may be some small things along the way that are uncomfortable, you won't feel the surgery. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does trigger thumb surgery hurt? Do they cut the whole joint open?

Does trigger thumb surgery hurt? Do they cut the whole joint open?

Nothing serious: Minor surgery, under local anesthetisia, they do not cut the whole joint open. Thank you. ...Read more

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Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. Is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. Is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Probably not: New swelling a week+ after surgery may be an indication that something isn't right. You should go back to your doc and have it rechecked. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Having's trigger thumb surgery left hand w carpal tunnel already had carpel tunnel on my right is the trigger thumb surgery the same, please expln?

Having's trigger thumb surgery left hand w carpal tunnel already had carpel tunnel on my right is the trigger thumb surgery the same, please expln?

Trigger finger: Limited mobility in the finger, pain where the finger meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger

it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away. ...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?

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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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. What's 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. What's 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 have some numbness on the back of my hand and thumb after gabg x5 surgery 2 weeks ago on the arm which was harvested. Will it improve with time.

I have some numbness on the back of my hand and thumb after gabg x5 surgery 2 weeks ago on the arm which was harvested. Will it improve with time.

CABG: Nerve injury can be a complication of surgery and usually heals very well in 2-3 weeks. Discuss with your physician about physical therapy if needed (in case it is not resolving or getting worse.) ...Read more

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I have severe carpal tunnel with severe base of thumb pain. Was supposed to have surgery 3 yr ago. Now hand numb 50% of time. Will this be permanent?

Possibly: You appear to have two separate problems. First is the carpal tunnel syndrome. The longer you allow the nerve to be compressed the greater the potential of axonal injury and less potential for full recovery. With surgery you will see improvement but may not have full recovery. Pain at base of thumb most likely 1st metacarpal carpal joint arthritis. Seek care. ...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 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