Has anyone had joint replacement surgery in their hands? I've recently had the middle joints on both middle fingers replaced. My recovery seems to be very slow going and my fingers are very stiff and somewhat painful. I've spoke to my physical therapist about my concerns and she's reminded me that I had a couple of set backs in the beginning. I had more bleeding and inflammation the first week to 10 days. Also, most ppl don't have both hands done at the same time, and most ppl who have this… read more
Thank you for the feedback. I wasn't properly prepared for this surgery. I'm married but basically live alone. My husband works 6 days a week leaving the house at 6.30 am and not coming home until almost bedtime. I've been struggling with trying to take care of a house with a dog and two cats. Enough of that! I think I'm expecting too much too soon concerning the healing process of this surgery. Cindy Shumate, I hate to hear about all you've endured. I hope there is something that can be done to make things better. Cindy Dudar, your story gives me hope. Thanks girls
I had the middle joint of my right index finger replaced
Was very stiff for 6 weeks then with physio and hand exercises and different splints the bending of finger is 90 degrees... completely normal and no pain, still swollen but it's from inflammed ligament
I was ready to chop my finger off before surgery from the pain
Hope this helps, I did a lot of my stretches in a sink of warm water
I will be having joint replacement in my middle joint of my middle finger on my right hand next year. I have had trigger surgeries on both hands in the past as well as carpal tunnel releases. My middle joints are the ones mostly affected in my hands. RA has a tendency to extend the recovery time of any hand surgery a little longer, because we tend to swell a lot more. Do what your doctor and therapists say! I have persevered and have done what they suggested and I'm very thankful. I have full motion in both of my hands now, with the exception of the middle joint on my right hand.
Seems like for a few of us.... surgery is our only option to deal with pain and deformity
Good luck to all of us...we are true warriors in this difficult battle with RA
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