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Hand Surgery Before Christmas

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

This year for the Holidays, I gave myself the gift of surgery. If you were to ask me what the surgery was, I could give you a vague answer, but here is the actually list of what I had done:

  • Right thumb CMC joint arthroplasty

  • Right FCR tendon transfer to stabilize the thumb CMC joint

  • Radical tenosynovectomy right second/third dorsal extensor compartments

  • Right wrist dorsal capsulodesis

  • Denervation of right wrist by neurectomy of the terminal branch of the posterior interosseous nerve

  • Carpectomy right pisiform

  • Neurolysis right median nerve above the elbow

  • Tenotomy right pronator teres muscle

  • Neurolysis right radial nerve in the forearm

  • Tenotomy right common extensor fascia


What does all of that mean??


Great question! Here are the findings from the surgery:

  • Contracture Pronator

  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome

  • Tendinosis Common Extensor

  • Gross instability of Carpal, Pisiform, & Basilar

  • Extensive tenosynovial fibrosis at the intersection of the second and third dorsal extensor compartments

  • Large amount of rubbery, gray, hypertrophic synovium

  • Dorsal wrist ganglion

Still confused?


Honestly, me too! Here's what I understand without all of the medical jargon.

  • My hand/thumb pain was caused by instability of multiple joints and a trapped nerve.

  • My thumb was not attached internally

  • My doctor harvested one of my tendons and created ligaments to help stabilize the joints.

  • The trapped nerve was released to give my fingers their strength back


The Surgery:

  • 2.5 hours

  • General anesthesia

  • 7 incisions

Post-Op:

I actually woke up with basically no pain. My doctor injected Toradol which wears off at around 24 hours. As I'm writing this, it is day three post-op and I feel pretty good; no pain meds today, less pain, and easier sleep!


Compared to my shoulder surgery, this surgery has been much smoother. There has been significantly less pain, it's an easier location to be still, and I can shower any time I want as long as it's covered!


If all continues to go well, I will have the same surgery done to my left side. The overall goal is that if I chip away at all of my individual problems in my body, in the end I will feel a whole lot better. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼



Be Brave. Stay Kind. Much Love.


Sami




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